God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion
to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for your precious children,
at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
May the song of the angels,
the joy of the shepherds,
the wonder of the wise men,
and the peace of the newborn king
fill our hearts and homes
this Christmastime and always.
May the news of the angels fill your life and your heart with great joy.
May the star that guided the wise lead you to the truth of understanding.
May the witness of the shepherds affirm in you the message of the Gospel.
May the sound of the incarnate Word bring you peace and hope.
May the presence of the sacred baby remind you of your own holiness.
And may this Christmas gift you, bless, comfort you, inspire you,
as you journey into another year.
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.
Minnie Louise Haskins (1875-1957)
At this Christmas time may you be filled
with the wonder of Mary,
the obedience of Joseph,
the joy of the angels,
the eagerness of the shepherds,
the determination of the magi,
and the peace of the Christ child.
Hear the Good News:
God has granted a glorious inheritance for his holy people.
If you are in need, our God is with you.
If you have been blessed, God has called you.
For God is our King, and his ways are ways of peace and healing.
Thanks be to God! We are called to be a people of peace and healing.