Doris Calian, McMillan Society Member

Scripture

Psalm 146

1 Praise the LORD! 
     Praise the LORD, O my soul! 
2 I will praise the LORD as long as I live; 
          I will sing praises to my God all my life long.
3 Do not put your trust in princes, 
          in mortals, in whom there is no help. 
4 When their breath departs, they return to the earth; 
          on that very day their plans perish.
5 Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, 
          whose hope is in the LORD their God, 
6 who made heaven and earth, 
          the sea, and all that is in them; 
     who keeps faith forever; 
7   who executes justice for the oppressed; 
          who gives food to the hungry.
     The LORD sets the prisoners free; 
8   the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. 
     The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; 
          the LORD loves the righteous. 
9 The LORD watches over the strangers; 
          he upholds the orphan and the widow, 
          but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
10 The LORD will reign forever, 
          your God, O Zion, for all generations. 
     Praise the LORD!

Devotional

As we prepare to greet and celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, let us approach each day with our eyes, ears, minds, and hearts open to finding glimpses of Christ in all our daily encounters. Let us start each day observing and appreciating each member of our household. Move on to those we meet regularly at our work and study places. Remember to observe those who serve us by bringing mail, tending our stores, repairing our roads. Keep in mind many whom we do not see who are suffering from infirmities, lost or fighting in desperate situations, some even oblivious to their surroundings. These souls are all children of God, and Christ looks to us to be one with them as we expectantly approach the gift of the Holy Babe in Bethlehem.

Prayer

Dear Lord, guide and lead us as we seek each day to recognize your presence in our midst. Help us to be sensitized to your love for all humanity and humbly accept all people of your creation as our sisters and brothers. Amen.