First Week After Christmas, Thursday, December 30, 2021
2 Chronicles 1:7-13
That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
Solomon answered, “You have been very kind to my father David, and you have made me king in his place. Now, LORD God, may your promise to my father David come true. You have made me king of a people who are as many as the dust of the earth. Now give me wisdom and knowledge so I can lead these people in the right way, because no one can rule them without your help.”
God said to Solomon, “You have not asked for wealth or riches or honor, or for the death of your enemies, or for a long life. But since you have asked for wisdom and knowledge to lead my people, over whom I have made you king, I will give you wisdom and knowledge. I will also give you more wealth, riches, and honor than any king who has lived before you or any who will live after you.”
Then Solomon left the place of worship, the Meeting Tent, at Gibeon and went back to Jerusalem. There King Solomon ruled over Israel.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
Your ways are so mysterious and wonderful! You come to us in our dreams and thoughts, and we are not afraid. We enter your sacred prayer space, and you welcome us with open arms like a parent welcoming the children home. You know the cries of our hearts and prepare all things for us in advance.
Jehovah Jireh, you have been kind to our ancestors and provided for them. We have come to know you through their stories. We have journeyed through Advent with you and accepted the invitation to know you for ourselves. We are at a crossroad now; do we go back to the way we did things before or do we walk the new path you gave us and receive your word for ourselves? You bless us with fulfilling our requests and giving even more than we ask. Thank you
I find you in my dreams and thoughts today, LORD, and thank you for…
Your blessings are fresh and new every morning. We celebrate at the knowledge of your love for us. Your thoughts are so beautiful, and your ways are perfect. We praise you for your goodness to us and our loved ones. May your praise be forever on our lips.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler
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