Dear Companions on the Journey,
Except for the very organized folks, I imagine most of us are in final preparation mode for Christmas celebrations. Each day I picture the people and congregations of our diocese as we move through these final days of Advent to Christmas. I see us wrapped in the magnificent light of Jesus. I will hold this picture-prayer in my spirit as we approach this holy day. I hope that you receive an abundance of Christ’s love and mercy this Christmas and share it with another.
I offer this prayer for you and your families:
May the God’s spirit of hope and peace bless your gatherings,
may God’s joyful light illumine all hurting places,
may you be a blessing to others,
and may the joy of Christmas move our spirits to deeper relationship with the Holy One, Jesus Christ, Our Savior. Amen.
Grace, Peace, and Merry Christmas,
Thank you Bishop Carlye for that brief and timely prayer. Thank you for quietly inserting God into, what for some, can be a time whan far too much of our attention is focused on all we have to do, and not the reason for doing it. Thank you for holding us in prayer. And thank you for the gentle way your Christmas wishes shift our focus back to Christ's love and mercy. In these harsh times, we can all use a prayer, and a reminder that our job as Christians is to bless others as we have been blessed. Peace and blessing to you this Christmas, and always.
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