A prayer for those of us grieving at Christmas
Holidays can be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are mourning. I’d wager that grief in one form or another is present in most of our lives this year… Whether you’re missing someone who died many years ago, braving your first Christmas without a loved one, facing changes or struggles you didn’t anticipate as a result of health challenges or Covid complications, or suffering with the weight of issues facing our nation and world, know that God holds your pain and holds YOU in a strong embrace. May God’s love surround you. May God’s peace that passes all understanding comfort you. And may you know in your deepest being that you are not alone.
Let us pray…
God of Love and Life,
Today, we remember the One who shares our burdens, who shows us the way,
and who journeys with us, wherever our journeys lead.
We come to you this Christmas Season tired, in turmoil, and in pain. As the nights have grown longer, so has darkness grown and wrapped itself around our hearts.
In this season of longest night, we ask your healing blessings upon all that we carry in our hearts --
sorrow we fear may never end, wounds we cannot even put into words.
There are those among us who are grieving over what might have been. Death or loss or terrible hurt has changed our experience of Christmas.
We remember that once it was a special day for us, too, but someone or something precious has gone away from us in this life.
We have lost a beloved, a goal, a cause, a dream. We find ourselves adrift and alone. We are weary from the journey.
We come to you seeking rest and peace. We ask that you shelter and sustain all those of us, both here and throughout the world, who wander or want or weep or are heavy laden, that we may be lifted up in courage and journey on in Thy peace.
We embrace and offer up to you all that used to be which is now lost to us. With celebration all around us, memories of what was, and fears of what may be, weigh heavy on our hearts.
Please hold us close in your embrace, be near to us this night, until the light returns and morning comes.
This prayer was adapted from liturgy for “The Blue Christmas” service at the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, Honolulu, Hawaii.