So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. Luke 2:16 NRSV

Thought

Grief is an opportunity to discover anew the true meaning of Christmas—God’s love for humankind. Christmas happens when you discern God’s divine love in your heart. This is the love that holds you close in grief. This is the love that restores you and makes you whole again. Emmanuel—God with you to comfort you, to redeem you, to give you peace.

Prayer

God, my heart is open to what I will find at the manger. May I hurry toward Christmas to discover again the rich gift of your love. Amen.

Assurance

I celebrate new life from grief.

Originally published in Beyond the Broken Heart - Daily Devotions for Your Grief Journey,
Abingdon Press 2012