Nov 28, 2011

Christmas Prayer: Joy to the World

Here’s a beautiful Christmas prayer written by John van de Laar, and posted on his excellent website, Sacredise.com.

Joy To The World

It may seem naive,
    in a world of grief,
        to choose to live in joy;

It may seem foolish,
    in a world where solemnity is power,
        to sing and dance to a different tune;

It may seem cruel,
    in a world of suffering and injustice,
        to speak of light and celebration;

But you have come, Jesus,
    to bring joy into our grief,
        light into our darkness,
        singing into our mourning;
    and it is an act of healing and proclamation
        to believe and embrace the joy you offer.

Joy to the world!
    The Lord is come!
        Hallelujah!

Amen.

— Copyright © 2010 John van de Laar, on his excellent Sacredise.com website.  

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