Monday, December 17, 2012

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 nightshift 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
 

'A Christmas Prayer'
Written by Max Lucado
December 14, 2012

3 comments:

  1. Oh, this is simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing such wise and comforting words.

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