Prayer for December 22: Please pray with me. God who comes to us over and over and over again, we are upon another holy season – approaching a day set aside as holy. Yet, do we really understand this? Can we possibly really understand what it means for you to take on flesh and dwell with us? How easily we distract ourselves from the mysterious through material things. We buy, we entertain, we sing songs, we decorate, we put on a happy face. Yet we are truly afraid to look at our interior lives and how broken we are. We are truly afraid to embrace the gift that you bring. Why? Are we afraid to let go of the idea of control over our lives? Are we afraid to look inward because of what we would find? Are we afraid of the gift that you bring because it means that our lives will change? As scary as it is, Lord, open our eyes, our hearts, and our minds to seeing the true gift of Christmas – a radical act by you for us. Something that we contribute nothing to. Something that changes the world. And us. Amen.
Prayer for January 6: Please pray with me. God who manifests, today we thank you for the completion of this Christmas season. We celebrate with the Magi at your coming into the world. We look forward to seeing how we will be instruments of your will as you unfold your kingdom right before our eyes and in our lives. While the Magi presented gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, we have only ourselves to offer to you. Use us as you see fit Lord to bring out your kingdom today. Amen.
Prayer for January 3: Please pray with me. God who came to us as a child, hold us as your children. As we progress through the Christmas season, remind us that we are your children. Comfort us, love us, give us mercy. Strengthen us so that we may comfort, love and offer mercy to others. Amen.
Prayer for January 2: Please pray with me. As we continue in this Christmas season, we pray that you would bless us in this New Year in only the way that you can – in ways we cannot expect and may not even ask for. Bless us with your presence in our lives. Bless us and make us instruments of your peace – to be peacemakers in places and with people who desperately need peace. Bless us so that we can bless others with attention, with love, with forgiveness, with mercy. Continue to transform us so that we can transform 2017. Move us to move the year in the direction of the unfolding of your kingdom throughout the entire world. Amen.
Prayer for December 30: Please pray with me. On this sixth day of the Christmas season, we pray that you would open us to receive a unique gift – the gift of life. Turn us from our attachment and fascination with death – death in violence, in our culture, in our wants and desires, in unwanted people of all ages, in broken relationships, in war, in entertainment, in how we talk, in how we act towards others and the rest of creation. The Good News of your birth means that the world has changed. This wasn’t just something that happened once and is done and over. You continue to come into our world every day and turn the world right-side-up. Make us a part of this Good News by living out your call to us to be instruments of life. Amen.
Prayer for December 29: Please pray with me. On this fifth day of the Christmas season, We pray that you would open our ears to hear the Good News that was first declared to the shepherds in the fields – complete strangers to Mary, Joseph, and Jesus – yet the very people who God decided were a part of God’s family. Open our ears to hear that in you there is no “us vs. them” – there is only us. And us includes everyone – literally everyone. Amen.
Prayer for December 28: Please pray with me. On this fourth day of the Christmas season, we pray that you would continue to open our hearts to receive the true gift of this season – you. In receiving you, transform us and change us – move us to share this best gift in the history of the world with all around us in how we live, act, and interact with others. Amen.
Prayer for December 19: Please pray with me. God of rest, today we pray that you would give us a moment of rest – whatever length of time that is – in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life. As we approach Christmas, there is so much to do and so little time to do it in. Help us to let go of the idea of perfection – the idea that the perfect Christmas will look right and sound right and contain the perfect gifts, as if Christmas were some kind of picture from a hallmark card. Instead, help us to know that the perfect Christmas is one spent with loved ones thankful for each other and for you Lord. Help us to see that everything else is just glitter – it adds to the celebration, but is not essential. Amen.