Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way. (Matthew 2:12)
Holy Spirit, thank you for the wisdom and inspiration you gave the Wise Men.
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” (Matthew 2:13-15)
Father, thank you for Joseph’s willingness to immediately heed your guidance. Help us by your Holy Spirit to do the same.
Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.” (Matthew 2:16-18 )
Jesus, we pray for your suffering church. We pray for those who will be martyred today for their faithful witness to your love. Please give them strength to endure to the end and then let them enter into your glory.
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. (Revelation 21:1-7)
Jesus, please help us overcome every obstacle that the world, the flesh, and the devil put in our path so that we may inherit all that you for us and drink freely of your living water of life. Thank you for being our tabernacle.
Thus says the LORD: “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more.” Thus says the LORD: “Refrain your voice from weeping, And your eyes from tears; For your work shall be rewarded, says the LORD, And they shall come back from the land of the enemy. There is hope in your future, says the LORD, That your children shall come back to their own border. (Jeremiah 31:15-17)
Lord Jesus, we live in the hope that you will reunite your body under your sovereign leadership and that there will be no more weeping or crying. Lord, we want to live as children of hope. Thank you.
A word received: Be at peace. I AM with you.
Holy Innocents December 28: 124; Jeremiah 31:15-17; Revelation 21:1-7; Matthew 2:13-18
Dec. 29 18:1-20 * 18:21-50*; 2 Samuel 23:13-17b: 2 John 1-13: John 2:1-11
Notes from the Front Line
***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, December 28, 2013, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Mark Pasko, Steve Evans, and Torre Bissell on State St.
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
Steve (man) — Prayed for open doors for him.
José (man) — Prayed for a blessing on him and his family.
+Kelly (mom) and + 199 Shawn (son, 10) — Kelly has 5 children. We prayed for “a good place for my kids.”
199 Connie (woman) — She asked prayer for Paul (in prison) that he would get his salt and sugar in balance.
Nick (man) — He asked prayer “for my neighbor Keith who got taken to the hospital this morning.”
Mark (man) — He asked prayer for Carol who is sick this morning, and for his Uncle Artie who has dementia.
199 Kevin (man) — He asked prayer that the music group he leads in his church will have unity in the Spirit.
199 John (man) — He asked prayer for Alison his niece and her family that they will walk in God’s ways.
Luz (woman, regular) — She asked prayer for her cold and for her husband Hediberto who also has a cold. She got warm clothes for herself and for a friend.
g Allah (man) — He asked prayer that God would “keep my family together.”
+ Helen (woman) — It has been several years since she has been to the prayer table. She asked prayer for Mike that he would be set free from addiction. He is in rehab.
+ 199 Mark (young man) — Prayer and blessing.
+ 199 Clyde (young man) — Prayer and blessing.
+ a 199 Linton (young man) — When asked if he had ever given his life to Jesus he said he believed in God but had never given his life to Jesus. When asked if he would like to, he said, “Yes.” He gave his life to Jesus and invited him into his heart and accepted him as his Lord and Savior. He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted his forgiveness. We gave him If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) and explained to him that he was now clean.
+ 199 Alexsis — Prayer for health.
+Ron — Prayer for family.
Agnes (woman) — She asked prayer for health and for her family.
The Bus Driver honked and waved to us.
+ 199 Vick (young man) — He asked prayer for health.
Tony (young man on his way to an appointment) — “Hit and Run” prayer
Lelowti (woman) 9 hats and 1 pair of gloves. The hats were for her 5 daughters and 4 sons and the gloves were for her.
Justin — “Hit and Run” prayer
Eric (Pastor of the Macedonia 7th Day Adventist Church on Swan St.) — We prayed that the gospel would go forth in Schenectady.
***** St. Francis Mission Prayer Table 12-28-13. Sunny and not too bad for this time of year, Candy Palumbo, DR. Janice Houston-Little, Jana Lingo
Doug + anxiety disorder , court date
Katrina- Stress, housing
Larry – job
Pam – fiancé’s brother
Police officers responding to call across Robin St.
Pauline & Frankie – that they may get their lives back on track, and for Pauline’s health
neighborhood- Progress and less crime.
Bernie – arm problems
Kenneth – Blessing
Man across street – God bless
Salieh – Blessings
Micheal – blessing, and acid reflux
Joyce – pacemaker problems.
Susan – terminal cancer – peace
Charlie – God Bless You!