Pause + Pray

A Merry—and Prayerful—Christmas to You!


With joy and conviction, today we say, “Merry Christmas!” And it truly is a beautiful and holy day. Still, like all things in our spiritual life, it’s part of a continuum. The season of Advent fades out as the Christmas season fades in, like a slow dissolve between scenes in a movie.


like the shepherds in Bethlehem,
we are filled with deep-seated joy
as we welcome you
into our wounded world.

May we also be like the shepherds,
who went about praising your name
after visiting you in the manger.
Today is a day to celebrate.
Today is a day
to renew our discipleship.


Today, between the seasons and as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, take a moment to pause and relish this sacred moment. It’s been a hard year, and you might need to dig deep. But if ever there is a day to practice intentional gratitude, Christmas is it.

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