Posted by: StrongStakes | December 18, 2012

A Christmas Prayer


In light of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut last week, author Max Lucado wrote A Christmas Prayer

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.


Your Children


~ tr

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