A Prayer for Christmas Hope


Prince of Peace,


You are hope

inside a virgin’s womb





You are hope

in a baby’s first smile





You are hope

in desert journeys

obscure years

oppressed times.


You are hope

in transformed water

multiplied loaves

healed bodies.


You are hope

in broken hearts





You are hope

when critics threaten

friends run away

and darkness draws near.


You are hope

when afternoon skies darken

earthquakes shake

and thick curtains tear.


You are hope

inside a sealed grave





You are hope

against all hope

in a morning garden





This Christmas

You are my hope

in dormant branches

frozen ground

barren fields.


You are my hope

in this broken family

this weary body

this distressed heart.


You are my glorious hope

in the solstice sunrise:

ribbons of purple



vivid against clinging darkness

with light triumphant.


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 Christmas Joy

Prayer for Christmas Surrender

Prayer for Peace in the Overwhelm

Prayer for Peaceful Expectations


Looking for more Christmas peace?  Check out my book, Christmas Peace for Busy Moms and visit this link to access the online Bible study.

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  • It is a glorious thing to trace the miracles of Scripture — knowing that the same power is available today in our tiny world with all its bigger than life problems!

    • Sarah

      Indeed, looking at God’s faithfulness in scripture grounds my faith for the future. That’s why I wove it into this poem-prayer, so readers will see how my hope today stems from Jesus’ life.

  • Liz

    Beautiful prayer! Merry Christmas to you!

  • This is a beautiful prayer and a great reminder that He is our hope, no matter what. Hope you have a lovely Christmas!

    • Sarah

      Thank you Lesley, Merry Christmas to you as well!