Reading and Prayer: December 21

December 21: Luke 2:17-20

When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Prayer: Dear God, why do we keep your story to ourselves? Why do we treat our faith as a secret? Why are we so hesitant to tell others – family, friends, colleagues – of the importance of our faith to our lives? Help us not only to reflect upon your blessings, but to share them with the world, and so inspire others to find their purpose in you. Amen.