Christmas Reflection: Praise God!

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He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke, blessing God.

Luke 1:63-64

Take a moment to praise God for the life he’s given you–for the blessings and the challenges, for the things that make sense and the things that don’t.

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Going Deeper

Read Luke 1:63-80.

Zechariah had been mute since his encounter with the angel Gabriel more than nine months before. What did he do first when he regained his voice? He praised God.

What is the first thought in your head when you wake up in the morning? When you get in the car? When you get out of a long meeting? When you leave work? When you lie down in bed at night? When you feel angry or grateful or frustrated or content? How would your life be different if your first thought was a prayer of praise?

I challenge you to begin every day of the next week praising God. Pick a favorite song or prayer of praise. Write down the words and post them in a place where you will see them first thing in the morning—maybe on your bedside table or in your bathroom. Try to make those words of praise the first thing you say (or sing) each morning.

Here are a few ideas:

Songs

Prayers

What to do while you wait

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ADVENT REFLECTION 12/3/14

Just because you are waiting, that doesn’t mean your life is on hold. While Mary was waiting, she married Joseph, visited Elizabeth, and travelled to Bethlehem.

What are we supposed to do while we are waiting? Check out “While I’m Waiting” by John Waller http://johnwalleronline.com/music.html

While I’m waiting

I will serve you.

While I’m Waiting

I will worship.

While I’m Waiting

I will not fade.

I’ll be running the race,

Even while I wait.

Take a few moments right now to praise God–you can say it, sing it, write it, draw it, dance it, or paint it.

This week, watch for opportunities to serve God in new ways.

That’s what we are called to do while we wait–to worship God and to love and serve God and other people.