Dec 17 2012

A Christmas Prayer by Max Lucado

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.

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. 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

 

 

Written by Max Lucado
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12/17/2012 2:30:08 PM
Michelle United States
Michelle
You guys were playing Tenth Avenue North's song, Worn this morning at the very moment I was dropping my two little boys (5 & 7) off at school.  It was a very difficult moment, not because I was scared of what might happen, but because my heart breaks for the parents who did the same thing on Friday morning, and did not know they would never hold their little ones again.   Some of the lyrics sum up how I feel and I think a lot of people in our world feel...
"My soul feels crushed
By the weight of this world
And I know that you can give me rest
So I cry out with all that I have left
Let me see redemption win
Let me know the struggle ends"
I think we, as Christians are "worn", and praying for redemption!
Thank you all for helping our Lord bring such a positive light into such a dark, worn world!
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