Prayer of the Month
Something that has come more to the forefront over the last few years, or maybe I’ve just started to notice it, is the idea of “Blue Christmas”. This is a service, often held on or around the longest night (21st December). It is particularly offered for those for whom the jollity of Christmas is a bit much and offers a quiet, reflective alternative (or supplement) to the more festive aspects of the season. It is offered for those who are living with grief, or living in darkness. Placing it at the point when the world is darkest is a good way to symbolise and remind people that after darkness comes dawn and that God is present in darkness too.
As we head into a New Year we have no idea what that will bring but we are reminded by the Christmas story that God is with us, with u in the journeying, with us in the waiting, with us in pain and in joy.
So a prayer for the New Year is a simple Celtic blessing
Deep peace of the running wave to you,
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you,
May this Christmas season, and the coming year enable you to meet God in the very depths of who you are, not just on the surface when all is well but in the turmoil too.