We are nine days away from Christmas, and I’d already planned to write about prayer today.
Now, more than ever, I know that’s my song this week, and for all the weeks to come.
Prayer for a grieving nation as we mourn the loss of 27 elementary school children, teachers, and others in Connecticut this week…
Prayers for the consolation of their families…
Prayers for all who suffer from mental
Prayers for all of us as we move through our days, knowing this one could be our last, but rarely believing it.
I posted this on my Facebook wall today:
My heart is filled with sorrow for the loss of life in this latest tragedy.
My prayer can be one of action:
to smile at every child
to listen when friends are hurting
to thank the teachers who have helped me
to pray for a saner world
I remember when my mother was dying six years ago. It was a traumatic, heartwrenching time. The holidays were approaching. She knew she wouldn’t be here, and how she loved the holidays.
She asked, “What are we going to do about Christmas?”
And I crawled up beside her and said
Well, we are going to have it.
She was relieved. She asked me to remember my kids and husband for all the following Christmases in some small way from her. I’ve kept that promise and my sister and I still do something in remembrance of that beautiful mother’s life, well lived, too.
So, I’m going to honor these beautiful people in a similar way. I’ll honor them during this season by praying for them, remembering them, and acting better in their honor.
Their lives will remind me…especially at Christmas, that we always need prayer.