As I reflect on the tragic and terrifying mass murder of the most innocent of our world, I cannot add to the power of this prayer offered by well known Pastor & Author, Max Lucado:
“Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas. But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night. The shepherds were nightshift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod’s jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty. Dark with violence. Herod went on a rampage, killing babies. Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt. You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene. Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day. Won’t you enter ours? We are weary of bloodshed. We, like the wise men, are looking for a star. We, like the shepherds, are kneeling at a manger. This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us, be born anew in us.”
Hold your loved ones closer. Repair relationships quicker. Reconcile with anyone you have hurt sooner. Few hurts done to you will be healed by breaking relationship with another and much joy will come to you through forgiveness.