December is the month of least daylight, and can be a season of darkness naturally or spiritually. What is coming up in your heart about this special time of year? What do you long for at Christmas?
Prompt: Write about your Tidings of Joy, Peace In the Midst of It All, Hope in the Darkness. Is there a Christmas Carol or passage of Scripture that is especially speaking to you this season? Or write about what you and God have been 'working on' in your personal/family life this past year.
One Little Star
Some years ago a Christmas song with a twist became popular. A group sang a tranquil carol (“Silent Night”?) against a backdrop of sounds of gunfire, sirens, fighting—war.
That is my Christmas season this year. In the background of my own Christmas and celebration of Christ’s birth, I hear the of The Paris attacks one dark Friday night, downing of two Russian planes, war in the Middle East, the massive refugee situation.
Closer to home, the plunge in oil prices has had a devastating effect on our provincial economy. Individually, many have been laid off, not only in the oil patch.
How can the light of God shine into that darkness?
The daily news has become my prayer journal, but I’m wrestling with how to pray more specifically. What strategies can God give me?
More important than exact strategies, however, is that God is calling me to “stand in the gap” (Ezekiel 22:30). To ask God to open up doors of ministry. To raise up a nation of intercessors. To stem the tide of terrorism. To take back our cities, our governments, our world for Christ. To pray God’s heart for my province and country (both with new governments).
My little prayers for such great issues are all I have. But I think of my friend Debbie who at one point was praying for Sudan. She wondered how her prayers could impact the whole situation. God answered her one night by showing her the sky full of stars. “See that little star?” He asked her. “That’s you, among all the other ‘stars’ that are praying.”
I was reminded that our prayers are tiny lights, and that “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16 ESV). Philip Yancey, in his book, Prayer, said it this way: “prayer…summons an invisible spiritual force that can have real effects.”
And so this Christmas I prayed for God to shine the light of His presence into our dark world.
And now over to you.
May the light of Christ shine on your Christmas!
PS: As I finish writing InScribe blogs for this year, I thank you for your contributions, for your wisdom, the way God is leading you, and how your writing is impacting your life and lives of others.