Together We Pray

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On this dark night, like me you may be speechless over what happened today. Thankfully others far more eloquent than I have strung together a cohesive thought, and I share this prayer with you. Let’s join the world over in praying for the people of Newtown, Connecticut.

Dear Jesus,

It’s a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately.

These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated.

The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons and nuclear bombs. Are we one button-push away from annihilation?

Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas. But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night. The shepherds were nightshift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod’s jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty. Dark with violence.

Herod went on a rampage, killing babies. Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt. You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene.

Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day. Won’t you enter ours? We are weary of bloodshed. We, like the wise men, are looking for a star. We, like the shepherds, are kneeling at a manger.

This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us, be born anew in us.

Your Children

Written by Max Lucado


Peace friends,




  • Bill says:

    Yes, Chuck, we must pray, but my outrage grows every day when I hear people say, “We need more guns.” When our own Governor McDonnell wants to discuss arming teachers. When Mike Huckabee suggests that the murder of these innocents was because a teacher can’t lead prayer in the classroom to our omniscient and omnipresent God. I find a growing sympathy for the killer because of his apparent illness, and maybe, in time, I can forgive. I feel no such sympathy and need to forgive those who make these outrageous suggestions in the wake of the massacre that will only put more guns into circulation for those who intend or can’t control the evil desire to kill. Yes, Chuck, I will pray…right now it is the only thing that helps me escape the ruminations about this latest horror.

  • Eliana says:

    Thanks for sharing Max Lucado’s words.

    My heart is so destroyed I can’t stop crying everytime I think of those children and their parents. They could have been my grandchildren….or my kids when they were young…it’s beyond my capacity of understanding, so I cry and cry and cry…

    Thanks Chuck

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