I bet your world is full of holiday hustle about now, right? Christmas is just a few days away and your life may be crammed with parties and wrapping and baking and caroling and shopping and traveling… and… uh…. deep breath… and more wrapping and more baking and… okay, that’s enough!!
I need to stop and breathe. Do you? I mean, I – we — need to stop and breathe in the beauty, the meaning, the radical impact of Christmas. So, I wrote a simple prayer to center me, and maybe it will help you, too.
Pour yourself some Christmas Java, snuggle up by the fire and let’s take a moment to “let every heart prepare Him room” as the Christmas carol says. Pray with me this simple prayer that invites Jesus into your Christmas — into your world.
Come into my world, Jesus. My world is broken and You come in anyway. You call Yourself the Bread of Life not just because You feed my soul, but because like bread, You made Yourself broken. You made Yourself breakable so I could know You and find wholeness in You.
Come into my brokenness this Christmas, Jesus.
I welcome You.
Come into my world, Jesus. My world is chaos and you come in anyway. You enter in as The Prince of Peace — my Prince of Peace. You lift the scepter of Your sovereignty over my troubled Sea of Galilee and speak, “Peace be still,” and my ocean of chaos settles. Come into my chaos this Christmas Jesus. I welcome You.
You shine through the shadows of my fear and illuminate hope when midnight presses in. Come into my darkness this Christmas, Jesus. I welcome You.
You call Yourself Prince of Peace… I call You my peace. You call Yourself Light of the world, I call You my Light. You call Yourself Bread of Life, I call you my bread — my life. You call Yourself Christ,
I call You Christmas.
I welcome You bread of Life, Prince of Peace, Light of the World. I welcome You, Christ. I welcome You into my world this Christmas.
Merry Christmas my friends!!
In the comments below, please share how you keep focused on Jesus during the holidays.