But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God … Psalm 86:15
There is a beautiful prayer from the Old Testament Book of Wisdom that is of great comfort in this season.
“For when peaceful stillness encompassed everything and the night in its swift course was half spent, your All Powerful Word from heaven’s royal throne leapt into our doomed land.”
We will be hearing stirring prophecies like this again as Christmas approaches. Perhaps now more than ever we need to hear God’s invitation to rest in “peaceful stillness” and to trust that the Christ Child will once again enter into our troubled world.
In past years, Christmas time would consist of looking forward to grand events, finding the best deals, giving the perfect gifts and embracing the season which has been so focused on the spirit of consumerism rather than the more gentle spirit of Christmas. This year, as we gather in smaller, more intimate family celebrations we have become more aware of the larger world around us and with gratitude for simple gifts, we pray for a year of blessings for one another.
We cannot deny that Christmas is surely about the Christ Child. But it is also about us and our very troubled times. Christmas is a time to know that we are loved and not forgotten by our God who calls us all His children. This year, more than ever, we must allow ourselves to be comforted by our God who knows and hears our every prayer for healing, for unity and peace on earth.
Our friends of Christ the King have been so generous to us this past year. With your help we have been able to continue our mission even in these most difficult times. Thank you! But we still need help in whatever ways you can. Your gift is extremely important because it offers immediate resources that are directed to current needs and opportunities. Please prayerfully consider making a generous gift to Christ the King.
May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart with Joy! And may God bless us all in the New Year!
With many thanks,
Fr. Jim Strommer, CP Natalie Svistoonoff, MPH
Director of Ministry Executive Director