Daily Christmas Devoion Tuesday, December 31

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 – Psalm 142; 1 Kings 3:5-14; James 4:13-17, 5:7-11 and John 5:1-15
Cont. readings from Luke – Luke 2:39-40

James 4:13-17, 5:7-11 – 13Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.” 14Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.”

On this the last day of 2013 many will reflect on the past year and begin making plans for the next. We’ll look at things we wish we had done and didn’t and then also things we did do and don’t want to do again. I know of a couple who have planned many trips for 2014, since they are now fully retired. I wish them well in their travels. I remember the days my mom and dad took many nice trips together. Those became wonderful memories for them as a couple.

As the reading from James points out, we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. God does and God’s not telling. Except this we do know, God will be faithful throughout the ups and downs of the coming year. God’s everlasting love will be with us no matter what life deals us.

So, as we make plans in for the coming year, make plans in coming days may we say; “if the Lord wishes, if it is the Lord’s will we will do this or that.

On the evening of January 10 and morning and into the early afternoon on the  11, the session of Community Presbyterian Church will gather to look at the past and make plans for the year that God is blessing us with. We’ll also look long range, asking God’s blessings upon us even in years to come. I’ll remind you, yet even now you can keep me in your prayers as I prepare for this important meeting of the session.

O God, on this the last full day of 2013, I thank you for the many blessings and challenges of the past year. I praise you for how you have been faithful once again in your love for us. I ask you to forgive me the many things I did that I shouldn’t have done and the many things I didn’t do that I should have done, the things I said which I shouldn’t have said and the things I did say that I shouldn’t have said. I pray that in the New Year to come, I’ll be more open to your guiding hand upon my thoughts, words and deeds. May I seek to do and say that which you wish and you will. Guide me, guide all your children, O Lord. Amen.

Psalm 142 – I cry aloud to the Lord;
    I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
I pour out before him my complaint;
    before him I tell my trouble.

Wonder how often the Psalms begin with – I cry to … In 15 of the 150 Psalms, a tenth of the Psalms we hear those words. Guess God’s people of old were just like we are, for we too often cry unto the Lord and pour out our concerns to God. And God hears our prayers, thanks be to God.

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