Reading and Prayer: November 30

November 30: Isaiah 9:2-7

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

Prayer: Dear God, We give you thanks and praise, Father, for your gift of Jesus Christ, who has been named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. We thank you that because of your gift of Christ, our lives and the world in which we live them can be wonderful. We thank you that because of your gift of Christ, we are not alone, directionless, and lost, for we have a Counsellor who guides us in the way we should go. We thank you that because of your gift of Christ, we are united as a family, children of our Everlasting Father, able to reach out to one another in care, compassion, and love. And we thank you that because of your gift of Christ, the Prince of Peace, our lives can be blessed with your peace, you hope, your joy, your love, no matter the circumstances that surround us. Amen!