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Preserved – Christmas Blessings 2016

I’d like to offer a special prayer as we continue in the celebration of Christmas.  We say and hear others say that Jesus is the reason for the season.  My prayer is that no matter how hard it may be to see God’s hand in what is going on in our lives, we make the choice to choose to submit to his sovereign power.   I also offer the following prayer for the 2016 Christmas season.

Shewanda Riley

“Father I thank you for the many blessings of this Christmas season.   My prayer is that in all of the hustle and bustle of Christmas we don’t forget the reason for the season and the purpose behind the parties.   Christmas is not about impressing others with material gifts  but about using  every opportunity that we have in dealing with friends, co-workers and family members as a chance to share your gospel of love, peace and salvation.


Let the love that we share be an unconditional love that heals broken hearts and that is a balm of healing to those who might be struggling emotionally, financially or spiritually this Christmas season.     It says in 1 John 4:18 that “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”    Allow us to show unconditional love that provides Godly comfort to others who may be fearful about what has happened in 2016 or what may happen in 2017.  So many in our world now are allowing fear to control their thoughts, actions and behaviors.    We promise to show through our words and deeds that fear is not a Godly emotion.   We pledge to show love to those who find themselves controlled by fear.


In the season where we celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ, we also ask that you grant peace to those who need it most.   We ask that as we gather with family and other loved ones that you show us how to be instruments of peace.   Often times, these situations can stir up both good and bad emotions.  We pray God that your peace will prevail.   1 Peter 3:11 says that we should seek and pursue peace.    Give us discernment to know what to say and what to do to bring peace to what can sometimes be stressful holiday season situations.


The gift of salvation would not have been possible without the gift first of the birth of your darling son Jesus.     Also called Emmanuel, God with us, to remind us that you are always with us.   Despite our disobedience, you remain faithful to us. Despite our rejection of the gift of salvation, you offer your loving kindness and forgiveness to us. Continue to show us the path of righteousness and guide us.   Let your grace and mercy cover us.   Amen.”




Shewanda Riley is the author of the Essence best-seller “Love Hangover:  Moving From Pain to Purpose after a Relationship ends.”  She can be reached at lovehangover@juno.com.


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