Tidings of Comfort and Joy

By Peggy Michael of Cantonment, Florida, USA

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord. Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it. Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy at the birth of the Lord…  Psalm 98:4–9, adapted

How can I help but worship the Creator? God has set me amid marvelous events. Daily I watch God display divine majesty in endless creation. God patiently weaves shifting sands with miles of rootlets; teaches oysters to turn irritants into shimmering pearls; creates billions of snowflakes, each one unique.

In a split second, divine lightning strikes and replenishes the nitrogen in the barren soil. Silently and ever so slowly, microscopic lichens dissolve giant stone mountains. A drip, a trickle of water carves deep canyons at their feet. I am borne away on the Sacredness of Creation.

After doing all this, is it any wonder the Divine has chosen to send us a Christ child to further our awe; to contemplate the mystery and to humble our existence; to give us joy, hope, peace, and the ultimate meaning of love?

Prayer for Peace:

O Creator of the Earth and of me, how can I help but worship you? In my mind’s eye I gaze on the Christ child, and I praise you for such a gift. I hold him in my heart to know joy. I release him from my heart to share his peace.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Joy of Gratitude

Stand, if possible, with arms outstretched. Imagine God filling your arms with all that you have: family, friends, and possessions. Hold out your arms until they feel tired. Now, bring your arms across your body. Place your hand over your heart and thank God for the abundance that fills your life. Sit for a time aware of that abundance. Then ask God to help you open your heart in gratitude and share freely with others in deepest gratitude.

Peace Covenant:

Today God, I will celebrate the birth of your son by singing songs of joy and sharing his peace.

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