Day 8, December 6
Count Your Blessings
Blessing to be counted today:
While Advent is a time of waiting with hope and patience for the coming of the Christ Child, celebrating the life of St. Nicholas offers a festive opportunity to focus more on giving than receiving. Nicholas, the 3rd century Bishop of Myra, serves as an example of living out service to Jesus Christ by showing God’s love to others through his protection of children, sailors, and all in trouble and need. St. Nicholas Day is traditionally celebrated on December 6. The night before, shoes or stockings are put out for St. Nicholas to fill with treats and small gifts that are meant to be shared with others.
Donation for Today:
Five cents for each pair of shoes you own
God of hope, you call us home from the exile of selfish oppression to the freedom of justice, the balm of healing, and the joy of sharing. Make us strong to join you in your holy work, as friends of strangers and victims, companions of those whom others shun, and as the happiness of those whose hearts are broken. We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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