Reading and Prayer: December 11

December 11: Matthew 1:22-25

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” –which means, “God with us.” When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Prayer: Dear God, we are thankful that our lives are not the product of random change and chance, but that we are part of your divine plan. Help us to see where we fit in the work that you are doing in our world; may our lives be a reflection of your grace, mercy and love, and may our willing service be the answer the prayer of another. Amen.