Dear Lord: We thank you for the wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday we have just completed with the wonderful food, friends and fellowship and we especially thank you for making America the most wonderful nation on earth. And we ask that you would make us always aware of what our forefathers did for us and the struggles they endured to give us such a wonderful nation to call home.
And now we turn our attention to the upcoming Christmas season. With the onset of Advent today, help us to use all of our anticipation, excitement and joy to make this a holiday to remember, not for the gifts and material things, but for the memories of our Lord, Christ Jesus, who was born in the most humble of beginnings and yet grew to be a Man-God, the King of Kings. Help us to never forget what you did for us, unselfishly and with such great love, by offering up your only Son so that sinners like us can have the opportunity to spend eternity with you and Jesus at your table in Heaven above. What a glorious time it will be.
But also help us to remember that with our faith comes responsibility, responsibility for helping others find you and to provide assistance to those in need, both spiritually and physically. Always remind us of our responsibility to supplement our faith with good works for, as James so aptly said, what is faith without works.
Keep us safe and secure, protect us from all evil, and keep us humble and pure with you in our hearts always. We ask in the name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, who died so that we might live. Amen.