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How are you going to enjoy some awesome today?

Gloria in Excelsis Deo

“…the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.” Luke 2:13-14 (The Message)

“How do you experience awe? What things cause you to become speechless when you see them?”

For me it’s often aspects of creation that leave me awe-inspired, and in particular, mountains, and seeing the world from above. So the photo I took yesterday of misty mountains taken from the air above Cyprus, reminds me of the awe I felt as I looked down on this scene.

I wonder how we’d respond to the awesome singing of the angels as they awaited and announced the birth of the God-man, come to bring an awesome peace to all men and women “with whom he is pleased”.

My reading this morning suggests that this Christmas, we “make an attempt to regain those awe-inspiring moments with God… Don’t let your relationship with him be ordinary, but rather make it extraordinary”.

Today I’m going to look for things that create a sense of awe and thankfulness, and try to remember to praise God for it.

Will you come back and tell me how you enjoyed awesome today?

Andy Moore

I work as Head of Global Communications for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), having previously worked with Compudava (now Endava) in Moldova, building web applications, and for Wesley Management, working with small businesses and charities. I have a passion to see intelligent application of digital technology to serve the Church and mission. Married to the lovely Ruth.

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Paul
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Thanks for the reminder Andy. After getting a good sleep in I am enjoying the rain today! The colour and street art in Tirana is amazing such creativity amongst some real challenges.

Andy Moore

Would love to see some of the street art, Paul.

Andy Moore
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A prayer for today:

Thank you for the opportunity we have through advent and Christmas to celebrate; Emmanuel, God with us; bringing grace, forgiveness and new life.

Thank you for your kindness to us in this past week; your gentleness with us as we have battled with sin, and for your grace to forgive and restore us.

We pray for relationships that have been fostered over many years, the new relationships that will be built through Christmas events, and the many opportunities you provide to show your love and speak clearly of the hope we have. Thank you for the many networks of relationships you bring us into, and pray that you will continue to be using your people to help others on a journey of faith, and bringing people to know and love Jesus.

We pray for those around the world and in this city who are hurting, who are struggling with sin or the consequences of sin, those who are struggling to make sense of the situations they find themselves in. For those to whom you feel distant. Will you draw near? Will you speak through your word? Will you comfort through your church?

We think of the tunnel collapse in Japan, and think of those who lost life in that tragic accident. We think of the political challenges and conflict across the Middle East, in Egypt, in Israel, in Syria. We think of the unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. So many of these situations feel so remote from our own experience, so difficult to comprehend. Would you soften our hearts Lord and give us spiritual insight to know how to love and pray for our brothers and sisters in these countries, to pray for Godly leadership, and for the establishment of your kingdom on earth, as in heaven.

For all of these things, Lord, we pray that you will be building us and using us, so that we can share the simple testimony of the church in Acts, through whom “the word of God spread.”

For yours in the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

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