Psalm 51:1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
Here are some thoughts about gifts.
- Get a book or video that will help someone learn about Jesus or grow in his/her Christian faith.
- If you have the opportunity to buy the same item from two different vendors, support the Christian or conservative business rather that the global oligarchical system. Use your purchasing power in line with your values.
Some ideas for either those who have everything or ideas that will benefit whole families year round, are subscriptions, or individual shows. You can contact the companies themselves with any questions on that.
These are extremely high quality Biblical or Christian-themed productions. You can get a year-long virtual subscription to view them.
Currently, at the time of this writing, The Chosen is showing on PureFlix. It took me over a year to follow someone’s suggestion to watch the series, but I have to agree with the person who recommended it, it is very good. It would be a good show to have playing in the background during the Christmas season, when maybe you have some visitors who don’t know the Lord.
On Pureflix, there are videos and resources for all ages, including some documentaries that are good for homeschoolers. It definitely would be worth the money to give a subscription as a gift. The bonus is, you would cover all age groups in a family at the same time.
These are high quality Christian-themed, Biblically-themed cartoons created by CBN. Many are in foreign languages as well. Again, this is a good thing to play when neighborhood children are over who may not know Jesus. These short 1/2 hour shows draw the relationship between a past Biblical historical event and a modern challenge a child might face. There are some available on YouTube that you can watch. I believe there is a membership where you get the newest creations by subscription.
VeggieTales and Yippee
These are available through TBN. I believe there are some videos for purchase, at least for VeggieTales. TBN has a traditional children’s cartoon/children’s showtime on Saturday mornings. You can learn more at the TBN site. TBN is a worldwide Christian television station that has programming for all ages, as well as TBN related television stations in other parts of the world and in other languages.