And the shepherds went back glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as they had been told (Luke 2:20).
Be born in us, O Lord. Illumine our souls with the light of your loving presence for this is the birthday of life.
As once you were born into the darkness of our world, be born in our hearts that our coldness might be overwhelmed by your warmth;
Let Christmas come and banish all sadness. Let every soul see cold winter’s darkness drenched in sunlight. Fill us with the joy of your eternal morning as the light from our savior’s cradle seeks every corner of creation, leaving no forgotten place.
Be born in us. Raise us from the lethargy of grief, from preoccupation with what we have lost and from anxious fears of what may come. Warm our flesh with the light of your love deep within that we may know that you are with us and will never depart.
Assure us once more that you are greater than every sadness, stronger than the anxieties that erode our joy and more powerful than the forces of death that cloud the future.
Make our souls like a bright winter morning.
Your light draws shepherds to the brightness of your rising and sends them dancing into the daylight of your presence, swallowing every fear.
Be born in us every day and most certainly on Christmas Day, for today is the birthday of life.
- Remember a Christmas Day that was particularly happy or meaningful to you.
- When do you most need Christmas to come to you and fill you with the joy of God’s light and life?
- What do you want and need to receive from Christmas and carry with you into the new year?