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A prayer of hope for the holidays

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Christmas is hard for people who grieve. They remember other Christmases filled with memories and laughter, and grief becomes overwhelming. Or perhaps Christmas is their loneliest time, without any cherished memories, which makes it that much harder to be festive. Is Christmas hard for you? Does it make you feel hopeless? Just since December began, I've attended one funeral, watched one on television, and revised my family, whom I haven't seen since my mom died. Collectively, grief is strong and real. But I do not grieve as one without hope ( 1 Cor. 15:18-20 ). Perhaps that is why we sing the "Messiah" at Christmas. Hope began with the birth of a baby, but hope continues through Jesus' resurrection and  his predicted triumphant return. Hope culminates with the " Hallelujah Chorus ." (Turn up the volume--it's the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!) This Christmas, pray this prayer of hope. Hope dispels grief. Hope gives suffering a context and a

Come, Lord Jesus, Come

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O come, O come, Immanuel. Come thou long-expected Jesus. Come, thou Fount of every blessing. Spirit of the Lord, come. Come, Lord Jesus, come. Just come. I can't manage trying to live without You. "The angel answered, 'The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.'"--Luke 1:35 Praise the Lord, He came! image from  George Hodan

Seeking Jesus in a Christmas Prayer

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Lord Jesus, Emmanuel, Prince of Peace-- Let me not overlook you during the Christmas season or tag you on to my festivities, like a novelty or a dessert. You are Peace. You are Life. You are Lord. Help me, in my selfishness and weakness, to seek you. I want to seek you like Joseph, who gave up his dignity. I want to seek you like Mary, who gave up her security I want to seek you like the shepherds, who gave up their identity. I want to seek you like the wisemen, who gave up their wealth. I want to see you like Anna, who gave up her time. I want to seek you at Christmas and every day. Reveal yourself to me anew, and help me to see you for who you really are and see myself for what I really am. Lost. Desperate. Dependent. And so incredibly blessed. Thank you for your love and sacrifice. I live in joy because of Christmas. Amen.

9 Prayers for Christmas Hope

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Below is an insightful post by Bob Hostetler , from Guideposts Dec. 15, 2015. A week before Christmas, our joy over the holiday and our fear and stress over a dark political climate can make faith seem impossible. These prayers might help. The Christmas season, for many, is a time of family, friends, memories, beauty and warmth. But for others it can be a time of struggle. They may grieve a loss or feel lonely. Or the holidays may stir up difficult memories. Christmas peace  and  Christmas joy  are not automatic, and neither is Christmas hope. Hope can sometimes surprise us, but it can also be awakened. It can come, even to those in difficult circumstances, as a fruit of prayer. Here are nine prayers drawn from the Bible that can help foster an attitude of hope, not only at this time of year but all year long: 1)  Hope for the Whole Day Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long (Psalm 25:5, NIV). 2)  Hope to