As long as humans have held conversation, they have shared the joy of a child being born. The Father finds someone to tell, the woman rests with her new son or daughter, everyone can see that joy has lightened the parents; in fact the witnesses themselves are often filled with the same sense of levity just by observing the parent’s joy. Christmas, for Christians, has the opportunity to hold this same meeting of joy but greater, “joy to the world.”
Master of both the light and the darkness,
send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!” Amen.