Elizabeth A. MacDonald of Alva, OK, USA
…the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. -Numbers 6:25-26
Peace on earth, it hardly seems a possibility
When violence erupts in every corner,
When hatred is heard in the report of a gun,
And sorrow and pain are reflected in the eyes of children.
We frantically make plans for Christmas to come-
We bake, shop, wrap, trim the tree, sing and party.
Yet Christmas eludes us and seems more distant.
A hunger arises in our soul and we search to make it whole.
Until we catch the echo of music from above us
And we pause to listen to the ever-swelling strain.
Our voices begin to join the chorus born of stardust
And we hurry with tired feet to find a sacred place.
We enter a stable, a place where cows and donkeys abide.
A place where a baby’s cry comes from a bed of straw.
Moving closer to get a better view of one so small
We kneel to touch tiny fingers and murmur a quiet lullaby.
And suddenly we know…we know …we know!
Here is the peace we seek for troubled times;
Here is healing for every wound in our lives;
Here is the love and light that confronts darkness and hatred.
Here we have found Christmas…
Here where God meets us in the ordinary
And touches us gently like we are newborn babies.
Here we have found Christmas, a holy place in our hearts.
God with us.
Take time each day in this season to notice what feels most alive in you. Spend some time holding the feeling, and ask what it may be trying to tell you about the Spirit at work in your life. Notice what it may be forming in you. Pay attention to where it may lead. How can what is most life-giving reveal the presence and invitation of God in and around us.
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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