Lord, the angel spoke to the shepherds saying, “Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news of great joy for all people-for to you is born this day, in the City of David, a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
We recognize that joy doesn’t come from our jobs, our family, our relationships, our finances, or our success. Our joy doesn’t come from what we have on earth or who we are with. Our joy is a gift. A gift of Christ’s unconditional love for us that you gave us that first Christmas.
Help us prepare our hearts for the Lord’s coming by helping us see that Christ came for every person we meet wherever we go. We ask this in the name of the one born in Bethlehem, Jesus our Lord. Amen.