The Week of Joy
Light two purple candles: the candle of Hope, and the candle of Preparation. Light the candle of Joy, the pink candle.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.” Philippians 4:6-8
Chain Link Fence Message. Do you have a chain link fence in your neighborhood? Take an old tablecloth, preferably in a festive color, red, or gold or white, cut into three inch wide strips. Weave through the fence links to create a cross, a star, or a short message. Make sure to go back and collect and recycle the cups after Christmas. (Supplies: old table cloth, scissors)
Bible Favorites Bookmark. Take three 24-inch lengths of narrow ribbon, hold them together and fold in half. Tie them in a knot about two inches from the top fold, creating loops at the top, and leaving the loose ends hanging. At the end of each ribbon, tie a decorative bead. Or take small color-coding stickers, and write the name of a favorite verse on one sticker. Place the end of a ribbon between to stickers and secure. Use this to bookmark several favorite verses in your Bible. (Supplies: 24 inch length ribbon, color dot stickers, pens, and beads. (Jennifer Grayson, Better Homes and Gardens, Dec 2010, p. 46.)
Lord, we have so many things to worry about today in preparation for visitors, gifts, and Christmas day. Let us turn our worries into prayer today and simply rejoice (Phil 4:4-7). We know you hear our prayers, Father, every one. Amen.
“There are only two ways to live your life: One is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as if everything is.” Albert Einstein, German-born American physicist (1879-1955)
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