A Christmas Eve Prayer

A Christmas Eve Prayer

Lord, please heal my loved one
Walking now with Thee
On a narrow, thorny path
Dark and shadowy…

Lord, please heal my loved one
Hold, I pray her hand,
Fill her mind with peace
Give her strength to stand
In faith upon Thy promises
Renew her hope in Thee,
May she feel Thy Presence,
Around her like a seal.

Sing to her, Lord, in her heart
Like angels long ago
Sang to the shepherds in the fields
About the Christ foretold…
Sing to her like the angels
About Thy holy peace
That You, Lord Jesus were and are
And ever to us bring…
When we let you in our hearts
To cleanse and heal our sin
Lord, heal us all this holy night
Hearts blind and deaf within.

And may we sing Thy praises
For Thy great mercy
For Thy everlasting love
And life eternally.
Lord, please heal us all
And heal my loved one too,
Whose lamp lies in the shadows
Who’s love burns strong for You.

Lord, please heal my loved one,
This Christmas may You raise
Her up as if it’s Easter
Thy resurrection grace,
Our song of hope and faith,
In Jesus’ holy name, amen.

Heavenly Father, please heal Mama, in Jesus’ name, amen. Thank You, I love You.

(Prayer Poem) All Glory To God, Copyright © 2020, Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights Reserved.

The First Christmas

And it came to pass in those days,
that there went out a decree
from Caesar Augustus,
that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made
when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed,
every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee,
out of the city of Nazareth,
into Judea, unto the city of David,
which is called Bethlehem;
(because he was of the house
and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary
his espoused wife,
being great with child.

And so it was,
that, while they were there,
the days were accomplished
that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger;
because there was no room
for them in the inn.”
Luke 2:1-7 KJV

And there were in the same country
shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,
and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:
and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them,
“Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day
in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you;
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel
a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God, and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

And it came to pass,
as the angels were gone away from them
into heaven,
the shepherds said one to another,
“Let us now go even unto Bethlehem,
and see this thing which is come to pass,
which the Lord hath made known unto us.”

And they came with haste,
and found Mary, and Joseph,
and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it,
they made known abroad
the saying which was told them
concerning this child.

And all they that heard it
wondered at those things
which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things,
and pondered them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God
for all the things that they had heard and seen,
as it was told unto them.”
Luke 2:8-20 KJV


Jesus is Circumcised

And when eight days
were accomplished
for the circumcising of the child,
his name was called JESUS,
which was so named of the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.

And when the days of her purification
according to the law of Moses
were accomplished,
they brought him to Jerusalem,
to present him to the Lord;
(As it is written in the law of the Lord,
Every male that openeth the womb
shall be called holy to the Lord;)
And to offer a sacrifice according
to that which is said in the law of the Lord,
A pair of turtledoves,
or two young pigeons.

And, behold,
there was a man in Jerusalem,
whose name was Simeon;
and the same man
was just and devout,
waiting for
the consolation of Israel:
and the Holy Ghost
was upon him.

And it was revealed
unto him
by the Holy Ghost,
that he should not see death,
before he had seen
the Lord’s Christ.

And he came by the Spirit
into the temple:
and when the parents
brought in the child Jesus,
to do for him after
the custom of the law,

Then took he
him up in his arms,
and blessed God,
and said,

“Lord, now lettest thou Thy servant
depart in peace,
according to Thy word:

For mine eyes
have seen Thy salvation,
Which Thou hast prepared
before the face of all people;
A light to lighten the Gentiles,
and the glory of Thy people Israel.”

And Joseph and
his mother marvelled
at those things
which were spoken of him.

And Simeon blessed them,
and said unto
Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child
is set for the fall
and rising again
of many in Israel;
and for a sign

which shall be
spoken against;

(Yea, a sword shall pierce through
thy own soul also,)
that the thoughts of
many hearts may be revealed.”

And there was one
Anna, a prophetess,
the daughter of Phanuel,
of the tribe of Aser:
she was of a great age,
and had lived with an husband
seven years from her virginity;

And she was a widow of about
fourscore and four years,
which departed not from the temple,
but served God with
fastings and prayers
night and day.

And she coming
in that instant
gave thanks
likewise unto the Lord,
and spake of him to all them
that looked for
redemption in Jerusalem.

And when they had performed
all things according to
the law of the Lord,
they returned into Galilee,
to their own city Nazareth.

And the child grew,
and waxed strong in spirit,
filled with wisdom:
and the grace of God was upon him.”
Luke 2:21-40 KJV

Peaceangelsong, Christmas Eve Prayer Poem & Scripture Painting, Copyright © 2020 by Suzanne Davis Harden, Inspired by the Holy Spirit, All Rights Reserved. Scripture Quotations from the King James Bible Public Domain, May Christ be Honored.

Love

“And this commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” ~ 1 John 4:21 KJV

Love each other,” Jesus said,
“By this they all shall know,
That You are Mine, and in thy heart
I have made My home.”

Love each other,” Jesus said,
“This is My command,
You show the world you love Me
When you do the things I ask.”

Jesus said who loves Him
Will obey His word
The one who doesn’t love Him
Dishonors their neighbor…

For there are two commandments
The greatest one of all
Is to love with all thy heart
And soul the Most High God,
The second one He said,
Is love thy neighbor too,
As you love thy very self
To them so you must do.

Whatsoever you shall do
Unto the least of these,”
Said Jesus in a parable,
“Ye do it unto Me.”

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

(Prayer Poem) All Glory To God, Copyright © 2020, Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights Reserved.

Scriptures For Meditation

A religious leader asked Jesus, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.’
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it,
‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Matthew 22:36-40 KJV

“And the King shall answer and say unto them,
“Verily I say unto you,
“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
Matthew 25:40 KJV

“He that hath My commandments,
and keepeth them,
he it is that loveth Me:
and he that loveth Me
shall be loved of My Father,
and I will love him,
and will manifest Myself to him.

Jesus answered and said unto him,
“If a man love Me, he will keep My words:
and My Father will love him,
and We will come unto him,
and make Our abode with him.

He that loveth Me not
keepeth not My sayings:
and the word which ye hear is not Mine,
but the Father’s which sent Me.”
John 14:21, 23-24 KJV

Jesus said, “This is My commandment,
That ye love one another,
as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are My friends,
if ye do whatsoever I command you.”
John 15:12-14 KJV

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Peaceangelsong Love Prayerpoem & Scripture Collage Painting, Copyright © 2020 by Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights Reserved.

May You Be Encouraged

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart…” Proverbs 3:5

Scripture Painting Video © SD Harden

A few weeks ago I had a dream. In it the Lord Jesus Christ was on His throne.

He held the earth in His hands. He was enormous, while the world was so little it fit safely into His palm.

He had a firm grip on the planet as He smiled at me and said, “I’m in control. No matter how chaotic things appear trust Me.”

I woke up and He helped me to paint that image, only not nearly so beautiful and powerful as it appeared in my dream.

Since I draw and paint with digital media on my IPad I like to record my painting journey and share it with my little granddaughters in hopes of inspiring them to become artists.

I believe the Lord would have me share this painting video with you in the hopes it will bring some hope or comfort to someone who may need it.

The Lord inspired me to begin this painting with one of my original bird paintings, a rather chaotic looking one! First He led me to deconstruct that bird painting and out of that insanity to begin something brand new; something bold and stable~

His throne began to emerge and then the form of Christ.

You will see this as you watch the video.

I have added the scriptures and end credits to my original drawing video with other video software since the art application software does not do anything but record the drawing, painting, or other creative processes, even mistakes!

But mistakes are part of the journey, aren’t they? 🙂

And now a word about my recent absence.

I know I can be silent sometimes for many long spaces.

But please don’t be alarmed by those seasons.

Chronic migraines make it quite a challenge to do anything with social media sometimes.

Always know I will come back, Lord willing, and share whatever He gives me to share with you.

Thank you always for your prayers.

Please know that no matter whether I’m present or absent, I’m always praying for you and your families. God knows this is true.

May the Lord use this painting video to bless and encourage those who need hope, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Love always and forever in Christ,

Suzanne ❤️

“The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom ruleth over all.” Psalms 103:19 KJV

Peaceangel Song, May You Be Encouraged, Copyright © 2020 by Suzanne Davis Harden, All rights reserved. Scripture Painting Video, Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Copyright © 2020, by Suzanne Davis Harden, All rights reserved. May Christ be forever honored.

Forget Not

Forget Not

There has been so much bad news lately that sometimes I find myself feeling very anxious and unsafe.
Psalm 103:19 reminds me that God truly is in control of all things no matter what is going on in the world.


“The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom ruleth over all.” ~ Psalms 103:19 KJV


The Psalmist tells us, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:”
Psalms 103:2 KJV


The word he used for “forget” means “to forget, ignore, cease to care…”

He then goes over all of the wonderful things the Lord does for us:
“Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
Who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” ~Psalms 103:3-5 KJV

Imagine spending a night in an agony that affects every fiber of your body, unable to feel Christ’s loving presence, certain that you’re the chief of sinners, unforgiven, forever condemned to this abyss of torment.

Whenever there is a bad storm or rainy weather, I get violent migraines that rupture my mind with as severe emotional pain as the physical and neurological symptoms they cause.


Suddenly it seems I’ve fallen into a bottomless pit and that no one loves me—not even Jesus. I feel as if I’m the most despised of souls by everyone, even my family. I’m completely cut off, isolated in an abyss of pain.
The burden of all the sins in the world are fastened around my aching head in a crown of thorns as sharp as daggers. My legs will not be still and seem like a thousand snakes are crawling inside of them. “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”

I see Jesus on the cross crying to His Father and I cry out in tears for the Lord to come rescue me from this horrible torment. But I neither see nor feel Him. I’m a condemned sinner screaming and weeping in the darkness for I can’t bear to look at any light.


There in the Abyss I weep tears of remorse.
Surely I must have been unkind to my husband, been the worst of mothers and grandmothers, daughters, siblings, friends, and citizens.
I’m certain that I must have failed God and everyone else.
And the most tormenting of all—-I must have committed the unpardonable sin— why else would I keep having these wretched migraines? Why else would God keep letting this happen to me?


In that pit of Sheol showers of condemnation pour mercilessly upon my soul like the rain drumming endlessly upon our windows and roof as the pain and neurological symptoms torture me.


My precious husband comes and prays for me, while I weep and pray unable to feel either Christ’s presence or love, nor even Mark’s, until at last I fall asleep, exhausted.

The next morning my symptoms are gone. I awake as if resurrected to new life. I’m filled with wondrous joy and peace, How grateful I am that Jesus went to the cross for me; that He has washed my sins away as far as the east is from the west. “Bless the Lord oh my soul. Forget not all His benefits. Who forgives all our sins, who heals all our diseases…”
The beautiful sense of Christ’s love and presence enfold me in His arms.


I know then that He has held me throughout the night. He had not really abandoned me.
Yet the dark storm of pain from my fierce migraine made me feel hidden from Christ’s presence and forsaken by Him who had promised to never fail or forsake me.

The Psalmist once experienced something like this.
“Will the Lord cast off for ever?
And will He be favourable no more?
Is His mercy clean gone for ever?
Doth His promise fail for evermore?
Hath God forgotten to be gracious?
Hath He in anger shut up His tender mercies? Selah.

And I said, This is my infirmity:
but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.” Psalms 77:7-10 KJV

He goes through the bad things he suffers but then he says, “Ok, this is happening because of my afflictions. But I won’t dwell on the suffering. I will remember the good things God has done for me.”


In other words, “Bless the Lord oh my soul! Forget not all His benefits!”

Nationally we are experiencing a stormy path of darkness.
Severe pain and troubling circumstances can make us feel isolated from the loving presence of God and cut off from all His promises.

God’s word promises that He heals all our diseases, He forgives all our sins.
God is watching over all of us. He is still on His throne.
He has not hidden His face from us.
He hears all our prayers.
Just as He eventually heals me from my migraines, I believe that the Lord will ultimately heal our nation from our current plague of troubles.

The definition for the word the Psalmist used for healing is interesting: (BDB Bible Dictionary Definition of original translation~ rapha~Strong’s H7495)
To be healed of national hurts (figuratively)
Of personal distress (figuratively)
Of national defects of hurts (figuratively)
To heal (literally)
Of hurts of nations (Involving restored favor)

“The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
He will not always chide: neither will He keep His anger forever.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us
according to our iniquities.

For as the heaven is high above the earth,
so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.”
Psalms 103:8-12 KJV

Not one of us deserves the grace that has been given us by the Lord through the cross of Christ, for the Bible declares that all of us are sinners.

The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men,
to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy:
there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
Psalms 14:2-3 KJV

I guess our world reflects what the Bible declares we are.
A mess.
Jesus, the Son of God, came to die for us all to make us holy and to clean our souls up~to forgive our sins and heal us spiritually~to make us one with Him.
This is very good news and fills me with such joy and peace!

Peace I Leave with You

Jesus said, Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth,
give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.”
John 14:27 KJV

I appreciate Christ’s gift of salvation and forgiveness more than I can ever say because of my chronic migraine affliction.
Therefore I pray that I will never forget, mislay, or cease to care about this wondrous benefit from God, this gift and treasure of everlasting life and peace with God that my Lord Jesus suffered and died on the cross to give me and everyone in the whole world who will receive it.


“Bless the Lord,
O my soul:
and all that is within me,
bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord,
O my soul,
and forget not
all His benefits…”
Psalms 103:1-2 KJV
In Jesus’ name, Amen and amen.

Prayer


Heavenly Father,
Thank You for Your Gift of Salvation in Christ,
the forgiveness of sins
As far as the east is from the west,
Your measureless love for us,
Oh thank You and may we never forget
Or mislay, or cease to care about all You do for us every day
For Thy mercies are new every morning,
In Jesus name.
Amen and amen.