The scripture for today, December 26, is John 12:26 as found in the New Testament of the Bible: “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”
Ah, Lord God, my heart burns within me for you. Burning with the rays of your sun that grace my day. At night it breaks through the darkness from each star firelit with your majesty. Then dawn again. In a blink, your sun is back. But it never really leaves me. For your love keeps my heart warm and bright with the flame of your grace. Someday I will ride one of those sunbeams to you and, in your presence, I shall see your throne ablaze with glory.
Father, I stole something precious from you. I knew other Christians were coming together to encourage each other and worship you, but I said I did not have time. I used that time to go to take a walk in a park. I stole that hour from you. Forgive me, my Father. Forgive me.
I thank you for your love that will not let me go. Though I sometimes wander from you, carelessly, letting Satan have his way, you run after me calling out, “No! Do not go with him. He is dangerous. He will hurt you. His smiles mean nothing but treachery. I can protect you! Run! Run away from him! Come back!” When I am blind, you send me your light so I can find my way back to you. Thank you for loving me that much.