Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Christmas Prayer for a time of Grief

This is not the post I had planned for this weekend. I have been unable to post anything since Friday. The pain is too great.  Such senseless tragedy, in what is meant to be a season of joy. Precious children. I have two great-granddaughters a year or so younger than those slaughtered babies. It hits far too close to home, for all of us.  I am not one to talk about my faith on my blog. I firmly believe that each of us has the right to believe as they choose, to worship, or not, according to their own light. I have no desire to push my own belief on anyone else, nor to offend those who do not share my beliefs, or who choose to worship differently, or not at all.  The only thing I believe is universal is our ability to love others, regardless of external things, or varied religions, or different cultures and customs. Love. That is the one thing that can, and should, unite us, every one of us, with no exception, no exclusion, no separation, that one is Christian, one is Jewish, one is Buddhist, one is Hindu, one worships the purple-eyed bullfrog. It doesn't matter. Just love. Having said all that, I do wish to share with you an email that I received today. It speaks of Jesus, and the Story as laid forth in the Bible, but for those who do not hold Jesus nor the Bible sacred, I think the point is the same. It speaks to my heart in this time of darkness and grief. I hope it will speak to yours.

                            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.

Your Children

I wish each of you a sense of peace, and I wish you love.


  1. Thank you for posting this, Sandra. We all need the Savior's healing touch this Christmas. Blessings to you this week.

  2. Thank you, Nici. I agree, we all need all the comfort and healing we can find. Hugs and blessings.

  3. Thank you for this Sandra....I had shared this on my FB Wall earlier...If you don't mind I will post something else that I put may delete if you wish...

    ~~Tabatha Vargo
    Please don't cry, we're okay.
    We went on a field trip today.
    A secret place where there's fun to be had.
    And the principle's with us, so we won't be bad.
    It's full of toys and rainbow slides.
    Cotton candy and high cloud rides.
    A funny zoo full of different things.
    I even saw a man with wings.
    We're not alone so don't you fear.
    We're chaperoned by Jesus here.
    It's really nice so I think I'll stay.
    And hold your spot till your field trip day.
    I know Christmas is here and there's toys to be given.
    So please tell Santa that I'm in Heaven.

  4. That is lovely, Betty. Thank you for sharing. We all need to stand together, and I wouldn't dream of deleting your message. Hugs and blessings, sweet friend.

  5. So much from your heart, and so humbly and sweetly written, Sandra. We yearn for help so that we can help others.

  6. Thank you so much, Dewena, and thank you for coming by. At times like this, we realize how much our friends mean to us, and I count you as a friend, and as a blessing.Hugs

  7. That is so beautifully said! It's not a time for division and finger pointing. It's a time to let in the sunshine so love can grow in every heart.

  8. Thank you, Maureen. I love your words "Let the sunshine is so love can grow in every heart". Amen!

  9. What a great letter by Max Lucado! I believe our nation needs to stop putting our faith in the White House and expressing our faith in God's house. Blessings to you, Sandra.


    P.S. FYI. New blog name but it's still the same blog.

  10. Thank you, Meredith. Love the new name of your blog, and the meaning behind it. Sent you an email about whether or not I need to sign up to follow again.

  11. Sandra thank for you post. What a great .letter for Max. That is so beautiful said!!!

  12. Thank you, Angelica. Thank you also for visiting. Hugs and blessings!

  13. Thank you for this awesome post. Hugs.

  14. Thank you so much for sharing this. I've been so sad all weekend. I had to turn off the TV today. Too much sadness. Thank you for expressing your heart!


    1. I know what you mean, it is just an overload of grief, seeing the pictures of those precious face, my heart just breaks over and over. Hugs

  15. Thank you for sharing this, Sandra. We are all just shattered.
    We have turned the news on tv off for awhile...too many tears being shed and we are too full of heartbreak.

  16. Thank you. I know, BJ, we can only deal with so much, before it becomes overwhelming, more than we can handle. Hugs and blessings.

  17. Thank you for saying all the things I have wanted to say. I am so profoundly grief stricken. I just cannot imagine the horror those poor parents are suffering. I pray for them.

  18. Thank you for saying all the things I have wanted to say. I am so profoundly grief stricken. I just cannot imagine the horror those poor parents are suffering. I pray for them.

    1. Me, too. Taunnie. So sad, heartbreaking, gut wrenching. I pray for all of them, and for all of us. Hugs and blessings, Taunnie, and I thank you for coming by.

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