On this Christmas evening, I pray for:


Hope for those who are hungry or cold tonight.

Hope for those who face an illness.

Hope for those for whom life is full of stress.

Hope for those who only see darkness this night.


Peace in our own hearts, free from bitterness, resentment and yearnings for revenge.

Peace in our communities where injustice continues to plague us.

Peace in our country where matters of race — the mere color of skin — amazingly still rend us apart.

Peace in our world where people huddle in fear, are devastated by loss, and are desperate just to survive.


Joy for all Christians as we celebrate the birth of the Savior.

Joy for all people, regardless of faith tradition, as we celebrate the God who is the source of all that is, who calls us to live lives of goodness, who forgives us for our faults, and who shows us the way.

Joy for presents — be they unwrapped today, or visible in the faces of those we love.

Joy for those who have gone before us and whom we remember tonight, and for the new lives entering the world.


Love for God.

Love for our family and friends.

Love for strangers near and far.

Love for those we might find reason to dislike or fear.


May they be yours tonight and the year to come.