December 25, 2018

The Thrill of Hope By Vickie Stam

The Christmas season is marked with so many family traditions, some universal and some that have been individually created and cherished throughout the years.

For some of us, it is all about the birth of Jesus and for some there is not even the slightest hint of this miraculous gift. 

Traditions, can come and go. Some disappear in an instant while others seem to fade over time. Either way, they always end up taking a little part of you with them. At times, all that you are left with are the sad reminders of what used to be and now you just long to get through the holiday season. 

But maybe, you're like others whose Christmas is filled with a mixture of both joy and sadness but your faith in Jesus gives you hope. You trust that the things that have robbed you of your joy can and will be made new once again.

Psalm 139:16 "You saw me before I was born. Everyday of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed."    

So, wherever you are and whatever you're doing this Christmas season, I offer you my prayer 

Dear Heavenly Father,

I invite the world to bask in the glory of the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
I pray that we would find joy in the fullness of your love, grace, peace, compassion and comfort
Help us to be mindful of the true meaning of Christmas
and not just the ones we created for ourselves
Fill our hearts with your word
Make us a friend to those who are feeling lost and alone
Give us loving arms to embrace with
And ears to hear their cries
Or give us the courage we need to reach out for help when we ourselves are in need 
Let us remember those who have lost loved ones not only through death but through brokenness as well 
Provide us the words you would have us say, all the while allowing your comfort to wash over them
Guide our paths in the direction you would have us go
And wrap your hedge of protection around us
Forgive us when we fall short 
And remind us to always forgive others
Restore our health, spiritually, physically and emotionally
And when we can't find our way through the chaos of life
May you shine your light so that we would find you first
Help us to trust that you will provide everything we need
And in all of this, I thank you Lord for sending your Son to walk before us and with us
For allowing Him to die in our place - for our sins
So that we would not perish - but have everlasting life
May you always be the center of our lives  

It is my prayer that you will find,
 "The thrill of hope!"  this Christmas and forever more.


  1. Thank you Vickie for your Christmas prayer, the lines I found especially meaningful were:
    when we can't find our way through the chaos of life
    May you shine your light so that we would find you first ... A timely reminder and twist on the seek ye first the kingdom of God, all these other things shall be added ...that His light is what helps us find Him. Christmas blessings to you.

  2. Thank you for this prayer. God bless.

  3. Hi Vickie! I appreciate your heart as you have written the prayer. You have nailed so many points I can relate to. I always look forward to your messages as they find their way into my heart. The words here speak to me on so many levels. Bless you my writing buddy! :)

  4. Thanks for this Christmas devotional, Vickie, and for "the thrill of hope" that your prayer delivers to each of us. May God bless you at Christmas and throughout the New Year.

  5. A beautiful prayer Vickie. Thank you for sharing it with us all. My husband and I were discussing our last couple chaotic years this morning and I said something about how we sure know how to weather the storms of life (not just the last two but we've both been through many personal storms) and when I read the lines, "And when we can't find our way through the chaos of life
    May you shine your light so that we would find you first" I realized just how much Jesus had led us through with His light as so many times we felt so lost and could not have done it on our own. Nobody knows what the next year brings but it sure brings comfort to know that Jesus is already there waiting for us in it. Happy New Year and I pray that it brings many blessings to you.


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