Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve Prayer

This prayer by John van de Laar was used in the Christmas Eve candlelight service at First United Methodist Church in Springboro as a responsive reading. I felt its truth and comfort so strongly, I wanted to share it here.

It may seem naive in a world of grief,
to choose to live in joy;
It may seem foolish in a world where solemnity is power,
to sing and dance to a different tune;
It may seem cruel, in a world of injustice
to speak of light and celebration;
But you have come, Jesus,
to bring joy into our grief, light into our darkness, singing into our mourning;
and it is an act of healing and proclamation to believe and embrace the joy you offer.
Joy to the world! The Lord has come!


  1. Thank you for sharing that, Susan. We just came from our candlelight service, and it was beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  2. Thank you, Patti, and Merry Christmas!

  3. Beautiful words - thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas to you :)

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  5. Amen! Thank you for sharing this.
    Hope that you and your family had a merry Christmas.


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