O Holy Night

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OHOLYNIGHT

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

A Christmas Prayer by Max Lucado:

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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4 responses »

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful prayer, Michelle. I love Max Lucado. God bless you and yours, and bring you renewed hope as one of His precious children. love and prayers and a Merry Christmas too!

  2. Max Lucado is one of my favorite writers, as my earlier posts unabashedly demonstrate. O.O

    I hope you and yours have a very merry Christmas, Debbie, that you will feel His peace and love throughout the season and the New Year. Love you!

  3. The apostle Paul understood this and clearly depicts the nature of this eternal struggle. He wrote to the Ephesians: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” ( Eph. 6:12 ).

  4. Amen, Robby. Our only hope over this eternal struggle is our Lord, Jesus Christ. I pray His second advent will be very soon.

    Thanks for commenting.

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