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A Christmas Prayer

A Christmas Prayer

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of darkness, a light has dawned. – Isaiah 9:2

Dear St. John’s

In just a few days we will be celebrating the birth of Christ. Throughout the season of Advent, we’ve been adding one candle a week to our wreathes, reminding us of this approaching celebration in which we remember with joy the light of Christ breaking into our broken world. We would be lost without light; we would be blind without light; we would be cold without light; we would be afraid without light. But now the light has come. 

As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, I want to share with you a prayer from An African Prayer Book by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, which I use for personal reflection from time to time. This prayer reminds me of God’s charge to each of us to not be passive observers of the light of Christ in the world, but rather to make our lives burn bright with this light.  

Light A Holy Fire
Receive this holy fire. 
Make your lives like this fire.
A holy life that is seen.
A life of God that is seen.
A life that has no end.
A life that darkness does not overcome.
May this light of God in you grow.
Light a fire that is worthy of your heads.
Light a fire that is worthy of your children.
Light a fire that is worthy of your fathers.
Light a fire that is worthy of your mothers.
Light a fire that is worthy of God.
Now go in peace.
May the Almighty protect you
Today and all days.

Masai, Tanzania
An African Prayer Book, Desmond Tutu

Have a very merry Christmas! Know that Christ is with you and walks the path ahead of you. May your greatest gift this year be found in the wonder of the messiah’s birth: the end of darkness and the promise of a light that will never go out.

In Christ’s love,
Sari+