A Prayer for Christmas Joy

Prince of Peace,
Your joy rises like a spring
of life-giving water
on these weary winter mornings.
I gather more wood for the fire
gone cold in the night
and your joy catches flame
bringing warmth to all.
Your joy blooms bright
like my Christmas cactus
in red, magenta, white, champagne
needing these long, dark days
to stimulate its beauty.
Your joy soothes my sore
insides, as I sip hot tea
and read Revelation.
Saints dressed in white
wave palm branches and sing praises
to you on a glorious throne:
a glimpse of eternal Easter
to which all our joy points.
As the sun rises slow
and you paint the sky with color
I think of those saints now
resting in your perfect peace
where no sorrows can touch
and I remember
you are preparing a place for me.
As the winter world awakens
cardinals burst from thickets
their red coats bright sparks
of pure joy
against the dormant woods.
I praise you
for sprinkling joy all around me
and I ask for your Spirit
to open my eyes
to bright threads of joy
woven through all my days.

 

This poem-prayer was based on several chapters in my book Christmas Peace for Busy Moms.


Join me through December 23, 2016 for a series of Christmas Prayers.

You may like these other prayers in the series:

Prayer for Christmas Peace

Prayer for Peaceful Beginnings

Prayer for Peace in the Overwhelm

Prayer for Peaceful Expectations

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  • I especially appreciate your reference to the Revelation in your Christmas prayer — I love reading about the dragon waiting for the baby to be born, knowing that Jesus has bruised his head and that all of creation will one day be redeemed because of this wonderful holiday we’re celebrating now!

    • Sarah

      Michele, I look forward to reading through Revelation each December in my One Year Bible I’ve used for the past fifteen years. I love the glimpses into heaven that propel me forward. Merry Christmas to you!

  • This is so beautiful, Sarah. What a gift of peaceful calm you’ve brought to my morning. Thank you. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

    • Sarah

      So thankful my writing granted you calm. Blessings and God’s peace to you this Christmas season!

  • Lovely, Sarah. I love the images you stirred up and the hope of Christmas peace all through the year. I’m passing this one along to help #spreadtheshine.
    Blessings to you and yours for the Christmas holidays.
    Marva | SunSparkleShine

    • Sarah

      Hi Marva–I’ve visited your blog before, and your theme is so appropriate. I can see your sparkle all through your brilliant smile and encouraging posts. A melancholy-oriented gal like me needs optimistic, sunny friends for balance. Glad to meet you online, and Christmas blessings to you!

  • Hi Sarah! I’ve been seeing your face at every link up I visited this week, but I clicked over from Grace and Truth. This poem is more meaningful than I anticipated. I love how it reminds me that Joy comes from Jesus. I love its references to cold and slow winter mornings. I love your reference to the book of Revelation and I love how Jesus is exalted. What a lovely Christmas poem.

    I wrote a post over at my blog, which I hope you are able to stop by and enjoy. It’s sort of a reminder that women can make poetry by what they create with their hands this Christmas season. You can find it here: http://welcomehomeministry.com/holidays/a-heart-that-creates-beauty.

    Blessings to you and Merry Christmas!
    Tiffiney
    WelcomeHomeMinistry.com

    • Sarah

      Thank you Tiffiney! I clicked on your linkup for the first time this week and I absolutely love your joyful decor. So happy to visit the link you shared. Merry Christmas to you!

  • Gretchen

    Beautiful Sarah! I love the analogy of a cardinal bursting forth from the stark surroundings and being brilliant in color, reminding that God’s joy can be much the same. Well done!

    • Sarah

      Hi Gretchen! I’m glad you liked the analogy. How did you find my site? I would love to know, thanks!

  • Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for popping over to my online home and so nice to meet you here! I LOVE the beautiful words you’ve shared and the snowy photo is so pretty too! Your words hold such warmth and love that I’m excited to visit here regularly! Merry Christmas to you!

    • Sarah

      Thanks Valerie, I enjoyed my visit to your site. Yes, that snowy photo was from my porch a few winters ago, and I love the way God paints beauty in our woods when it snows. I’m glad you plan to visit here regularly, and I will do the same on your site. May God’s peace be with you this final week before Christmas!

  • I love this so much! Beautiful! Merry Christmas.

    • Sarah

      Thank you Barbie! Your site is lovely!

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  • Eternal Easter. I love it!! Thanks so much for sharing this prayer on #FridayFive. It inspires such hope, such joy for what is to come and what already is!

    • Sarah

      Kelly, I love your Friday Five link and prompts. Glad to share my writing here!

  • This is beautiful, Sarah. I haven’t written poetry in years but I’ve been feeling a call back to it. Your poem/prayer is inspiring. I’m anxious to read your others Christmas prayers.

    • Sarah

      Andrea, I hope my writing inspires you to write your own poetry. It’s my first writing love and I enjoy sharing it with others. Merry Christmas to you, and thank you so much for reading!

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