Dear Lord of life and love and peace,
This Christmas Eve is different from those most of us have known. A contagious sickness prevents us from gathering together in person, yet we still gather together through the electronic means You have inspired and are still able to see and hear family and friends.
We have lost friends and loved ones to the virus and to the essential isolation and distancing from others to help curb the contagion. We pray that You have taken in Your arms those who have lost their lives because of the virus, those who have lost the will to live because of the isolation, and those who have lost their lives because of overcrowded medical facilities. Yet we thank you for those same facilities and the tired, weary caregivers. Give those caregivers strength and peace and may they know that we appreciate them.
We have lost friends and colleagues due to political strife. Yet the world has always had political strife and wars and disagreements. Help us to not demonize those people who believe the opposite that we believe. We are all imperfect reflections of Your creation, and we need to realize that. We thank You for Your grace and love that forgives us all, no matter what political philosophy or politician we follow.
Most of all, we thank you for the Christmas season. We acknowledge that our Christmas traditions are taken from those religions having nothing to with You, yet You know that we need these traditions to inspire us and turn us towards You.
We know that we are not promised sunshine and rainbows for the whole of our days, yet we know that sunshine and rainbows may often follow a storm. We pray that the storms of 2020 will abate, and that 2021 will be brighter. Yet we thank you for the lessons of 2020.
Mostly, we thank you for the gift of your Love and in this season, we thank you for the gift of Your Son. We know that He probably was not born on December 25, but the important thing was that He was born and died to be the sacrificial lamb for us.
In Jesus’ name we pray.