Christmas Prayers

For Peace
Gracious God, in the scurry and stress of Christmas, help me take moments of solitude where my heart can be alone with you.  In the stillness of that solitude, I pray that your Spirit will surround and enfold me until my soul sits softly in the peace of your love.  Amen.

For Comfort
Gracious God, the troubles of our country this year have left me feeling fearful about the future.  The excitement of gift-giving and the celebration of Christmas have ebbed, as uncertainty has risen.  Help me trust in your deep care.  Let the fullness of your love and the wonder of yourself be the gift that satisfies my soul.  I ask this for the sake of your love.  Amen.

For Awe
Gracious God, fill my heart with the delight and abandon that is so palpable in children at Christmas time.  Give me the desire to stare wide-eyed and curious at the miracle of life, the power of love, and the profound awe of mystery.  Remind me to be child-like in my joy as I look expectantly for the blessings that saturate my life.  I ask this for the sake of your love. Amen.

When You're Alone
Gracious God, I’m alone again this Christmas and my heart aches for companionship.  I long for the days when my heart and home were filled with laughter, color, feasting, and joy.  Look with kindness on the pain that seeps like an unwanted sickness over my soul.  Let me wake on Christmas, joyful in silence, hopeful with peace, filled with gratitude for your presence and love.  Amen.