Grieving This Christmas
God of compassion, there is such a hole in my heart.
In this season of joy,
I am often empty or overwhelmed.
Please help me at my lowest times.
Please strengthen me with fond memories and hope for tomorrow.
Please surprise me with joy. Amen.
Among a packed congregation at the Town Service of Lessons and Carols at St. Mary's in Chesham this evening, I suddenly missed Dad terribly and started to feel very tearful. Christmas will now always be a painful reminder of losing him a year ago. This is one of five prayers for the Christmas season printed on a card which was given to everyone as we left at the end of the service. It perfectly reflects how I feel this Christmas. The other prayers are about giving presents, sharing food, forgiveness and enjoying good things when others aren't.
- Nikon COOLPIX S7000