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They will call him, Emmanuel. (Emmanuel means “God with us.”) - Matthew 1:23 (CEB)

For Christmas last year we received a clock that chimes the tune of a Christmas hymn every hour on the hour. We enjoyed listening to the clock throughout Advent and Christmas. In the new year, I took down the clock and was ready to store it until the following Christmas...

Today's Prayer
God of infinite goodness, thank you for walking with us every day of the year. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Matthew 1:18-25

Thought for the Day

The birth of Jesus promises that God is with me —every day of the year.

Prayer Focus

To remember the gift 
 of Jesus all year


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I wish . . . when I was a child . . .

"This is absolutely lovely! How I wish I had been exposed or otherwise taught this beautiful lesson exactly as it is written here when I was a child. Going on 60 years old now, I am just coming to believe the words contained in this piece. As I look back on my life now, I suspect that my feelings of unworthiness of God’s love began at a very young age. Not explicitly, by which I mean to say that I was never told that I was not worthy of God’s love and mercy, but rather implicitly, through my experiences with simple human error and a constant focus on perfection and pleasing others. I cannot express to you how beautiful this piece is to me; I can only tell you that it touches me very deeply. Thank you!" Read more about Pockets.