Monday, December 17, 2012

A Christmas Prayer

I found this piece by Max Lucado and felt it summed up my thoughts on the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  I would expect nothing less than a beautifully written piece by such an amazing author.  (Link to the letter: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/max-lucado/a-christmas-prayer_2_b_2302548.html#slide=1887016)

Dear Jesus,




It's a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately.



These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated.



The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons and nuclear bombs. Are we one button-push away from annihilation?



Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas. But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night. The shepherds were nightshift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod's jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty. Dark with violence.



Herod went on a rampage, killing babies. Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt. You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene.



Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day. Won't you enter ours? We are weary of bloodshed. We, like the wise men, are looking for a star. We, like the shepherds, are kneeling at a manger.



This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us, be born anew in us.



Hopefully,



Your Children



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