The Christmas lights are still turned on at our house. The neighbour down the street has kept their Christmas lights turned on each evening. But for a lot of the neighbours, the Christmas lights were turned off on Boxing Day. For some Christmas is only one day long. For others, Christmas continues until Epiphany. What does it say to our neighbours to keep our lights on until the night after Epiphany? Somehow, I think keeping the Christmas lights on is a great example of what it means to be a Christian and to celebrate the birth of our Saviour.
Prayer: Great God, may You enlighten our hearts so that we can be a beacon of Your love and light in this world. During this Christmas Season as we await the return of Christ, enliven our hearts to hear Your voice. Through our prayers and scritpure readings, we know that Christ has come, Christ is coming, Christ will come again. Almighty God, may we share this wisdom with our neighbours and our friends. Divine Healer, move through every part of our body and our mind dissolving all feelings, thoughts, and patterns of frustration and irritation and aggravation. Divine Healer, sweep away all impatience, struggle, and suffering that resides in our consciousness. Allow us to turn our frustrations into inspiration and enthusiastic action. As Your will may be done, bring us Your light, Your strength, Your wisdom, Your healing, and Your love. Help us O LORD, and guide our footsteps into Your Light and Glory and love so that we can experience satisfaction in all our accomplishments You give us each day. We give You thanks and praise that Your Son came as an infant in the stillness and darkness of night. We give You thanks and praise that the shepherds knelt down and worshipped Your Son and then told others of this great birth. (Sit in silence for a few minutes and reflect on this past week…. how have you brought the light of the Infant Christ into your community…. what gift did you give this Christmas…..) We thank You Emmanual, that You have come, You are coming, and You will come again. Lighten our path so that we can receive You and bring Your light into the darkness and forever keep darkness away. This we ask in the name of the Messiah. Amen.