I hope that as you are busy getting ready for Christmas,you will also make it a time of prayer.Most of us get so caught up with gifts and prayers ,that we forget that Jesus is at the center of the Christmas celebrations.
I try to keep myself grounded in prayer by saying a continual novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.I find that helps me to keep things in perspective.It is a wonderful prayer that contains a little bit of every thing.
Those who find themselves in Enugu,can even make their Christmas more special by going for adoration.You can either go for the special Christmas Adoration or regular Mass with Fr.Mbaka.
If you are in the diaspora,like a number of people,my friend ,John,says the best thing to do is to go to Mass,say your ‘Thank You Jesus’,rosary and then do a Family Adoration.
I would like other Adoration members to also share their thoughts on how they keep Christmas a time for prayer.We can all learn from each other and make our faith stronger,so that the evil one ,will not lead us away from our beloved Jesus.
We have to make sure we remember that we all have a role to play ,in helping each other live for the Glory of God.One way we do that is to pray and ask for Divine blessings,protection and Mercy.
List the number of things ,you have expressed gratitude to God for today!
Thank God because you are alive today
Thank God for His mercies
Thank God because you are healthy
Thank God for your plans
Thank God for your Education
Thank God for your Ambitions and Goals
Thank God for your job
Thank Cod for your business
Thank God for your family
Thank God for Father Mbaka
I could go and on.The truth is that there are many reasons,why we should Thank God.I have just listed a few.I am sure everyone can add to the list.Please feel free to add to your own list of “10 things ,I thank God for ,everyday.”
After making your list,remember to actually make it a habit to Thank God for the things you write down.Make sure you actively show your gratitude to God.
One way you show your gratitude is to pray.You can pray by reading the word of God,going to mass,going for adoration or saying the rosary.You can either say the traditional rosary or say the rosary of “Thank You,Jesus”.
The second way to Thank God is b y your actions.Try as much as possible to show kindness to others through your activities at home,at work and other social gatherings like going to the park,weddings and meetings.
The third way to Thank God is to ask for forgiveness,through regular confessions and becoming more forgiving to yourself and others.Asking for forgiveness helps you to be more grateful to God,because it is a way of accepting your sinfulness and your dependence on God as your creator and savior. This will definitely make us grow closer to God.
Remaining grateful to God by reminding ourselves of why we are thankful will help us never to give up.Remember that God can never let us down ,if we remain thankful and prayerful.