Reading and Prayer: December 1

December 1: Luke 1:5-7 

In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years. 

Prayer: Dear God, you have blessed us with families through which we learn to love and grow in love. We pray for those with no families to call their own; help us to be good friends to those who are alone, particularly during this season. Amen.