Prayer for Christmas time
Lord thank you that you know us so well -
And love us so unreservedly.
We wander and waver and falter and fail
We wave our fists in frustration
We give in to temptation with barely a struggle
And we offer loyalty to the false gods around
And still you love us
Still you come to our broken lives
With healing and hope
Still you seek us out in the wilderness of our need
Till your hands bleed.
This Christmas season, we are made to wonder again
In song and story that such love is ours
And marvel at the miracle of
The God with us
In our pain
Our profound and piercing need.
Today as we listen to the story
And sing the miracle
help us to see again
The difference being loved like that
Can make to us –
If we will let you near.
If we will make a place for you
In our heart
PRAYERS FOR CHRISTMAS>
Lord we know that:
The other side of celebration is the extra sharpness of grief and loss
The piercing cold of loneliness
The bitter taste of poverty
Tonight a prayer for those who will be cold and lonesome, while the party goes on around them – and whose feeling of being unloved lies on their heart like a shroud.
Tonight a prayer for those who sense of loss will ache in them with a terrible hurting – and whose emptiness will feel all the more cruel among the laughter and the songs
Tonight a prayer for those whose little seems so little indeed compared with the plenty of so many – those whose poverty rises up in their faces – and their hopelessness fills them with despair.
Tonight a prayer for those who only have the counterfeit Christmas – and who will not glance towards the soft light of the stable.
Lord take our prayers and transform them from words into compassion and from compassion into action.
Show us how to love others with a generous and ridiculous love – that makes no rules and sets no boundaries – your kind of profligate dangerous costly love. Unsettling and terrible – the kind that makes a difference.