Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A Christmas Prayer for Widows

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means, God with us.
Matthew 1:23 (NASB)
Dear God,
 
You've embedded our seasons and calendars with remembrances of you. The stars shine brighter in these long nights of December, the earth demonstrates your widom as it gives way to seasons of rest and replenishment. Weather fronts swirl both snow and balm around our globe, the moon pulls tides in and out, and planets follow their courses in a cycle of centuries.
 
Nations rise against nations, republics succeed and fail; houses are built, lovers are loved, babies are born-- some grow old--not all, as we mourn the massacre of little ones yesterday. But whether only five years old or ninety-five, all eventually die. Yet against this massive and brutal canvas of nature and man your prophets and Scripture lay this claim:

Immanuel: You. Are. With. Us.
 
You are with the widow too. Such knowledge is too wondrous! We ask, as Mary asked the angel, "How can this be?"
 
How is it that the Creator of the universe--each galaxy, star, solar system, planet, continent, nation, people group, family, and person-- how is it that you come to us as Immanuel?
 
Renew and revive our sense of your presence in the cold beauty and long nights of December and grief. For when we know you are with us, we know we can make it through. When our own strength and hope are gone, "God with us," is all that matters.
 
When our Creator reaches through all of his creation to touch our life and enter our world, we begin to live again.
 
Grant us this peace and life through your presence this Christmas, Immanuel.
 
Amen

4 comments:

  1. Always in all ways He is with us.

    Have a lovely Christmas and a wonderful 2014 ~ FlowerLady

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  2. Amen, Lorraine, and I wish you a lovely Christmas and a new year full of wonder too.

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  3. Merry Christmas, Ferree! ♥

    Thank you and May God continue to bless you for all that you have done, are doing, and continue to do every day through Him to minister and inspire widows around the world.

    ~Cathy

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  4. Merry Christmas to you too, Cathy! You matter, and God urges me each day to carry through because of that. He is loving and tender-hearted to each widow and if I can help even one lady realize that it means the world to me. <3

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