“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Dear Father God,
I pray that all of my sisters and brothers awaken to the understanding that to give is greater than to receive,that this is the day the Lord has made and they should rejoice and be glad in it, and that wherever they are in this moment in time, there, also, are You.
Father God, in each day but especially on this day of celebration, I thank you for your greatest gift, that of your son Lord Jesus, through whose sacrifice I am saved. I can never repay you for the gift of everlasting life, but under your will am given the opportunity to be a light in the darkness. Father God, Thank you for being my constant in an inconsistent world, you are always there to welcome me back when I have strayed. May I live a life pleasing to you and in your perfect will, in the knowledge of the ultimate sacrifice given for my salvation. In Jesus’ mighty name I give You praise, Amen
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1:11:And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing at the right side of the alter of incense.
1:12:And when Zachariah saw him, he was troubled, and fear took possession of him.
1:13:But the angel said to him, Do not be afraid, Zachariah, because your petition was heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you must call his name John[God is favorable].
1:14:And you shall have joy and exultant delight, and many will rejoice over his birth,
1:15:For he will be great and distinguished in the sight of the Lord. And he must drink no wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with and controlled by the Holy Spirit even in and from his mother’s womb.
1:16:And he will turn back and cause to return many of the sons of Isreal to the Lord their God.
1:17: And he will [himself] go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijiah, to turn back the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient and incredulous and unpersuadable to the wisdom of the upright [which is the knowledge and holy love of will of God]-in order to make ready for the Lord and people[perfectly] prepared [in spirit, adjusted and disposed and placed in the right moral state],
1:18: And Zachariah said to the angel, By what shall I know and be sure of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.
1:19: And the angel replied to him, I am Gabriel. I stand in the[very] presence of God, and I have been sent to talk to you and to bring you this good news.
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For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10(ESV)
At that time two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the hand mill; one will be taken and one will be left. Watch therefore[give strict attention, be cautious and active], for you do not know in what kind of a day[whether a near or remote one] your Lord is coming. But understand this: had the householder known in what[part of the night, whether in a night or a morning] watch the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have allowed his house to be undermined and broken into. You also must be ready therefore, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him. Who then is faithful, thoughtful, and wise servant, whom his master has put in charge of his household to give to others the food and supplies at the proper time? Blessed(happy, fortunate, and to be envied) is that servant whom, when his master comes, he will find so doing. Matthew 24: 40-46(AMP)
But to one who, not working[by the Law], trusts (believes fully) in Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited to him as righteousness(the standing acceptable to God). Romans 4:5(AMP)
My God has sent His angel and has shut the lion’s mouths so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent and blameless before Him; and also before you. O king,[as you very well know] I have done no harm or wrong. Daniel 6:22(AMP)
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17(NIV)
“Remind yourself, “I’m alive. I’m healthy. I’ve got a great spouse. I have beautiful children. I have so many good things.” Put that list on your bathroom mirror, on your desk, or some place where you can see it throughout the day. Read over it occasionally as you go about your normal routine, and it will help you to stay excited about your life.” Joel Osteen, Become A Better You
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
Hail Mary, full of grace.
Our Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.