Personal Devotions: Love

A bee nestled in a pink flower

Photo: Anne Hoganson

God is love, and the greatest of God’s gifts is love.

Choose one or more of these prayers for daily use over the course of the week.

Scriptural Prayer

Memorize this scripture:

The Word became flesh and lived among us … full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)


My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for God has looked with favor on the lowliness of God’s servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me. (Luke 1:47–49, adapted)

Breath Prayer

(breathe in) Behold, (breathe out) I have come to do your will. (Hebrews 10:9)

The Prayer of Jesus

The Lord’s Prayer in French (Christian Nguyen)

Graces and Blessings

Send out some unexpected Christmas Cards to people in your life whom you love and appreciate but may not communicate with often. Are there any people for whom you give thanks often, who may not know how much you appreciate them? Send them out a note or e-card with a personal greeting.

Find more family prayers and blessings on our At Home page.

Be yourself. In God’s story, we all have a part!

Alydia Smith is Program Coordinator, Worship, Music, and Spirituality for The United Church of Canada.