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Husband, father, grandfather, friend...a few of the roles acquired in 62 years of living.  I keep an upbeat attitude, loving humor and the singular freedom of a perfect laugh.  I don't let curmudgeons ruin my day; that only gives them power over me.  Having experienced death once, I no longer fear it, although I am still frightened by the process of dying.  I love to write because it allows me the freedom to vent those complex feelings that bounce restlessly off the walls of my mind; and express the beauty that can only be found within the human heart.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Prayer for the Bruised and the Broken-Hearted


Kind and Loving Father,

It is with joy that we celebrate
the miracle of your Son's birth.

In this season, we often find ourselves safely
within the loving arms of our family.

But even in this time of joy,
we know there are many who are alone.

There are those whose family has disintegrated
and scattered to the winds.

There are those who have lost loved ones
to accident, disease, or time.

There are those who, for whatever reason,
are completely alone in this world.


Father there are those who have spent this year
climbing a mountain of adversity.
They are drowning in their anger, guilt and sorrow.

Some struggle with personal demons
Known only to them.
They refuse to reach out to others
because they fear judgment and rejection.

Somehow they have forgotten that
In your arms, there is always love and acceptance;
That you have always blessed those
ignored by the proud and the vain.

Father, we ask you to bless them.

We ask you to heal their broken hearts
and shattered spirits.

We ask that, where possible,
that those who are alone may find their loved ones;
That they would feel the embrace of family once again.

Father, send us to cross their path;
That we may live the truth of your Son's words,

To love one another
As you have loved us.

In the name of Jesus,
Our Savior and Master,

Amen


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