By Stephen W. Hiemstra
We give thanks for your special presence with us at Christmas
when you came to us, abided with us, suffered with us,
and made us members of your family.
Such a gift! Such a surprise! So underserving!
We confess that we desperately need you—the light of the world.
Lights on a tree, lights in the yard, lights in the mall, all pall against your light.
Let us not forget; leave us not alone; be ever nearer each passing day.
In the power of your Holy Spirit, help us to look around us each and every day and extend your light even further.
Through Jesus’ special name, Amen.