December 11, 2020
Psalm 20

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. 2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. 3 May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.[b] 4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. 5 May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests. 6 Now this I know The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. 7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. 8 They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. 9 Lord, give victory to the king Answer us when we call!

Psalm 20 by Karenna Henneker

What do you think when you read Psalm 20? This Psalm makes me feel safe and comforted.

It reminds me that God not only hears my prayers but also does something about them. He pays attention to them and answers them in His time. When I pray, I tend to treat it like a place where I can think about stuff by talking about it to someone who cares. That’s great, but I start to forget that God not only hears my prayers, but also responds to them. I don’t always remember that God doesn’t just listen, but He also takes action.

This passage shows God taking action. It paints a picture of a community rejoicing with someone in the name of God over their victory. All throughout the Old Testament, the Israelites were praying that the Messiah would come. God heard their prayers and took action by sending Jesus. On Christmas night, when the angels visited the shepherds, they rejoiced with humans over the arrival of the Messiah and gave glory to God.

O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright performed by David Anderson

"O Morning Star". Used with permission Augsburg Fortress License# SB162642

Christmas Tradition

Crockpot Decadence by Nancy Lewis

I usually use half a recipe to make it fit better in a large crockpot.

  • 1 x 16 oz unsalted peanuts (3c)
  • 1 x 16 oz salted peanuts (3c)
  • 1 x 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 x 12 oz milk chocolate chips
  • 2 x 10 oz peanut butter chips
  • 1 x 1 pound package white almond bark or vanilla candy coating

Layer all ingredients in large crockpot (starting with peanuts)

Turn pot on low, cover, and leave for 2 hours

Remove lid, stir to combine, replace lid and leave for 30 minutes

Stir again and spoon on to wax paper

Allow to harden x 1 hour

Coloring Page
Romans 13:15 by Kezia Ranillo
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