Sunday, December 16, 2012

Bread for the Journey



Dear Readers,

There are no words that can express our heart felt sympathies to the families who have lost their loved ones in this senseless tragedy which occurred in Connecticut this past week.  We too, like the rest of the world want to send our love and prayers for all of you, for the parents, the grandparents, the siblings, the teachers, the friends, and the community of Newtown.   

Let the words of Max Lucado's Christmas Prayer live deep in your hearts.

A Christmas Prayer.

Dear Jesus,

It’s a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately.

These killings, Lord.  These children, Lord.  Innocence violated.  Raw evil demonstrated.

The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons and nuclear bombs. Are we one button-push away from annihilation?

Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas.  But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night. The shepherds were night shift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod’s jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty.  Dark with violence.
Herod went on a rampage, killing babies. Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt. You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene.

Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day. Won’t you enter ours? We are weary of bloodshed. We, like the wise men, are looking for a star. We, like the shepherds, are kneeling at a manger.

This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us, be born anew in us.

Hopefully,
Your Children

May God continue to hold you in the palm of His Hand.


10 comments:

  1. Amen and I too shared your prayer............

    Blessings on this Sunday

    Love Jeanne

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  2. Very meaningful and touching prayer. Thank you.--Linnea

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  3. Thank you for this beautiful post.

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  4. Thank you for this post, Amen

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  5. Thank you so much for your thoughts and sharing of this prayer.I too will share it. Blessings on this Advent.

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  6. Amen and thank you for sharing this!!!

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