Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Prayer for Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Barriers, Part Two

O God,

Just three more nights,
and Christmas will be here.

Remove those barriers that
stand between us and a
full appreciation of Christmas.

Take away our tendency
to sentimentalize the
coming of Jesus to the world.

Give us eyes to see the harsh
conditions into which Jesus was born.

Help us to understand that your Son
was born into the real world of pain,
oppression, and poverty. Help us to
realize that, when he is born in us today,
he still comes to the real world.

Don’t let us sentimentalize our faith
and treat is as something other-worldly.

Instead, let our faith lead us to come to grips
with and to do something about the real
pain, oppression, and poverty of the real world.


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