Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Christmas Prayer

Dear Lord God, 
Giver of all that is good.

We thank You today for the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who was born into poverty in a hard and cruel time.
Who gave Himself for us on the cross,
and lives and reigns with You in glory.

We thank You for our family, our pastors, 
our friends who have gone before us,
and taught us the meaning of Your incarnation 
that we celebrate today.

With gladdened hearts, we celebrate Your Nativity 
with beloved scripture and Christmas carols and loud rejoicing.

Help us to teach those who come after us 
that Christmas is a holy time. 
It’s about the greatest gift that we could ever receive.
The gift of a Baby in a manger.

Bless us O Lord as we continue to seek Your Son 
and to love Him more each day.

Bless us Lord that through Your Grace 
we can look more like Him and less like us.

Bless us as we seek to honor the mystery of the Incarnation
and as we remember that You made us in Your divine image.

Help us to welcome You 
into the messiness of our humanity with 
Your wisdom, power and peace today 
and throughout our days to come.

Emmanuel.  God with us.  Thank You, Lord.


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