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Pause for Prayer: SUNDAY 12/4

Many have already embellished for Christmas and lots of extra will this weekend- so I believe it is time for this publish, one I’ve shared in Introduction for quite a few years now.

This picture takes me to a spot deep in my coronary heart the place a few of my most cherished childhood recollections are saved.  This was my household’s nativity set  (we referred to as it “the manger”) which sat atop our tv – and do not ask my why as a result of I do not know!  It was proper right here that my dad and mom first taught me the story of Jesus’ beginning.

And do you see on the left, in a grove of 4 pines, a small church?  An inside mild gave a heat glow from inside and a tiny bell with a clapper hung within the steeple.  On the proper are 4 members of a youngsters’s choir, every a candle with a wick on high which we by no means lit: that little choir sang from yr to yr. Oh, how extremely nicely I keep in mind all these!

This picture holds the important thing to a retailer home of recollections in my coronary heart. Some Christmas recollections carry us pleasure, others carry us tears; some we wish to keep in mind eternally, some we would wish to overlook.  I am struck this weekend by how my very own phrases on this prayer “sound” in another way from yr to yr, relying on what’s occurred in my life since final Christmas…

Let’s pray…

All it takes, Lord, is an previous picture, 
an decoration on the tree,
or a particular tune or carol
to open my coronary heart to recollections 
of Christmas way back…

When recollections make me unhappy, Lord, 
with loss, remorse and harm,
let your therapeutic Christmas contact
mend and heal what’s damaged in my coronary heart…

And when recollections carry me pleasure
let me experience and cherish 
what my coronary heart has saved for occasions like these 
once I so lengthy to the touch as soon as extra
what’s handed past my attain…

Let my joyful recollections give me religion
to search out inside my coronary heart 
these I want have been in my arms:
those I maintain in love, in prayer
in recollections expensive of Christmas previous…

And as this season stirs and opens
treasures in my coronary heart,
assist me deal with each gently
and along with your light hand, Lord,
assist me treasure all I discover… 





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