This prayer was offered during worship on December 16, 2012 at Highland Hills Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia. Faithlab requested permission to share it here.

Holy One,

We gather in the name of the One whom you promised to send. We gather to find some good news today. We gather to find understanding. We gather to seek some light in the darkness.

On a day when we want to celebrate joy, we find it hard to be joyful when others are suffering, and grief is deep. We find it hard to be joyful when peace seems elusive. We find it hard to be joyful when our hearts are broken.

But we know that joy doesn’t always mean laughter and happiness, for true joy is your presence with us. True joy is knowing that you hold us, that you will abide with us, that you will bring healing.

Come, Lord Jesus. We are expecting you here. Move among us in such a way that makes it clear that you are near…that you are light in our darkness…that you are our joy.

In the name of the Christ child we pray, Amen.

Ruth DuCharme is minister to children at Highland Hills Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia. Contact Ruth.

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