“But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. . . . Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God.  (Lk 1:13-16)

The Christmas story tells us that God is for those who know change needs to happen and are about doing it. John was born as a forerunner of Jesus and his role was to call people to repentance and help them understand how to change.  John was a servant who wasn’t always appreciated and accepted.  We need to appreciate and encourage those who serve us and seek God’s good for our lives.  Whether it is someone in church, school, government or another public servant, Jesus called us to value them when He taught us that “The second [greatest commandment] is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Mk 12:31)

This Christmas, let’s say thank you to those who serve us.

Advent Prayer & Action _____________________________

Ask God to give you the patience, wisdom and grace to continue serving those around you who aren’t appreciative.

Pray that our church, school and government leaders would follow Jesus and be encouraged in their steps to honor Him.

How can you and your home say thank you to someone who serves in our schools, church, community or in government?

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