The Advent Journey: Day 19

While this time of year can be full of joy and celebration, for many it is a time of poignant loss and sadness.  This is why many faith communities have “Longest Night” or “Blue Christmas” services, where those feeling heavy with grief or isolation this time of year can gather together in prayer.  My friend from seminary, Ashley-Anne Masters, wrote a powerful prayer that was used in one such service.  Whatever heaviness you might be carrying around this day, I pray it lightens the load a bit.

One: God of the Incarnation, hear our prayers:

Many: For those who cannot bring themselves to sing with the choirs of angels this year
One: For those for whom there is still no room in any inn or shelter
Many: For those who long for the angel to appear in their dreams instead of the flashbacks
One: For those who have no one with them when they give birth
Many: For those whose wombs are barren
One: For those who will spend only a portion of Christmas with their children due to divorce
Many: For those who will make their Mom’s recipes and remember Christmases past
One: For those whose adult children do not communicate with them
Many: For those recovering from addictions of the flesh
One: For those who cannot buy their children presents due to unemployment
Many: For those who will spend Christmas grieving the loss of their child
One: For those who will spend Christmas in the hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center
Many: For those who long for their minds to be calm and for memories to return
One: For those who long for their bodies to be restored
Many: For those who cannot even give words to their darkness and pain

One: Send the star, again, O God, and light our way to the manger of peace. Amen.

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