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God's Minute for Christmas Day

Here's today's scripture reference and prayer from "God's Minute", a book published in 1916 that contains 365 daily prayers sixty seconds long for home worship "by the most eminent preachers and laymen in the English speaking world":

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." -- Luke 2: 10-11.

     We are filled with joy and gratitude this morning for the gift of the Saviour, Jesus.  We are especially thankful that He is not a Saviour afar off, but linked to our nature in the manner of His birth, in childhood, in humility, in love and sympathy.  He who saw the light of day in the midst of the beasts of burden when first He threw the mantle of humanity over Himself, has lifted from us the burdens of sin and anxiety.  In Him we are glad.
     With all the angels who celebrated His nativity we add our voice of joy.  With the humble who inquired what these things meant, we still search for the truth of the incarnation.  Give jot this day to all people, we earnestly pray.  Bless all children, the babes of the land.  Be with the poor, and give to us all, and to all others, the spirit of goodwill and of charity. Bring peace to earth, a reception of the good tidings also.  May the gifts of love manifest the spirit of Jesus, we ask in His name.  Amen.

Rev. Robert W. Thompson,
Pittsburg, Kansas.