This is a Christmas season like no other. One in which huge struggles exist beneath the glittering veneer of lights and tinsel. One in which there is immense heartache and pain below the cheery sounds of Christmas music. A Christmas where the longing to meet family is coloured with absences and anxieties. And one in which many secretly weep behind close doors. It's a Christmas of brave faces and broken hearts. But also a season of love and kindness. A time of hope amidst the losses of this year. A time to help each other through.
I offer this prayer, with deepest love.
Please feel free to share it with anyone who might be helped by it.
May you have a blessed
May you find
a million things to give thanks for
in the midst of dreams and plans disrupted.
May you stay safe
and keep others safe too.
Where there is loneliness
may unexpected friendship
come to cheer your heart.
wash over your anxieties.
Where there is sadness
may Christ come to comfort you
and the loving arms of God
In the depths of loss and grief
may you be gentle with yourself
and let kindness
begin to heal you.
May your needs be met
and the hope of a brighter future
root itself within your heart.
When you need energy
may you be given it,
when you need rest
may you find it.
And when you long for bright hints of joy
may they rise up to greet you
like the bubbling laughter of children
or the wonder of sparkling diamonds
in the snow.
May Christmas bless you and restore you
and give you the deepest peace
for all that is yet to be.