Christmas Eve/Day

by Steve Garnaas-Holmes

In the beginning, O God, was your Word:
     a light in the darkness shining.
Your Word came to life in Jesus,
     a light in the darkness shining.
Your grace has come to us with salvation,
     a light in the darkness shining.
A child has been born among us,
     a light in the darkness shining.
Your love comes to life within us,
     a light in the darkness shining.
May your love chase away all evil,
     a light in the darkness shining.
May your mercy come fill and transform us,
     a light in the darkness shining.
May we live with your love in this world,
     a light in the darkness shining.
Amen.


Steve Garnaas-Holmes is a poet, songwriter, and ordained pastor in the UMC in MA, where he lives with his wife, Beth. He writes a daily reflection, Unfolding Light (unfoldinglight.net), as well as lectionary-based music and worship resources.

Credit: Advent/Christmas prayers by Steve Garnaas-Holmes. © 2013 Alive Now. Permission granted to use in corporate worship settings. From November/December 2013 Alive Now. Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room. 

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