Friday, December 23 A Prayer adapted from a Christmas Meditation by Christine C. Robinson Pray this prayer on your own or with loved ones today. God of the Heavens and Earth, We join our hearts and minds with those around the world who celebrate today. Open our hearts and minds to grasp the power of the Christmas story–God’s liberating, all-encompassing, never-ending power that is good news for all. Like the wandering couple, may we find that our greatest trials issue forth from our greatest joys. Like the harried innkeeper, may we find ways to be of help to others. Like the lumbering beasts, may we be silent witnesses to the unfathomable glory of life. Like the shepherds on the hill, may we know that we need never be afraid. Like the journeying wise, may we always have the courage to follow our stars. Like the angels, may we announce peace to a troubled world. Holy One, to these prayers for our own transformation we add our prayers for all of those who suffer and grieve today. May they find comfort. And we add our prayers for all those involved in war; may they be safe. And may this season of peace and goodwill nudge our world towards its ideals, for then will Christmas truly dawn. Amen.