Advent – Thursday, December 9

Author: Maurice Lattimore

Philippians 1:3-11

Reflection: v. 6, ‘I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ’

Thinking back on my past and my life, that at times felt like it was going nowhere fast, I can’t help but to give praise and glory today to our Lord God Almighty for the mercy and grace that he has bestowed upon me. For the good works he has done through me. Glory and praise be to our Lord God almighty, Amen! In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy, love, and peace, because of your partnership in the gospel, from the first day I met you all until now. I never saw my life in the direction that it is going now, nor did I ever want it to be this way, but friends, sometimes God’s plans are different than ours! But there is always a reason for it. I often think of a passage from Isaiah 55:8-9 that reminds us to put our complete trust in God because God’s ways and plans are always better than our own, and to trust that everything included in God’s plan is for good. Sometimes those plans are seen through the eyes of others, too. That is the power of community. Today I know it is okay for me to feel this way because I know we can be confident of this, that the God who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Amen!

Prayer I praise and thank God for his mercy and his grace not only for changing lives but for doing so with a compassionate love and a willingness to do so. Thank God for the only unconditional love we know of that has no boundaries. All are welcome in this pool of love, glory and praise. Praise be to God almighty. Amen!!

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