Christmas doesn’t work for everyone
By Ruth Burgess (Spill the Beans)
Christmas doesn’t work for everyone, does it, God? For a lot of people Christmas is sad and full of bad memories. For a lot more Christmas is cold and hungry, and lonely. Help us, God, to watch and to listen: to watch out for people who might need our help, to listen to people who tell us their stories. And even though it’s Advent and we’re supposed to be watching and listening, it’s OK to act too, when that’s what’s needed. It’s OK to cry and to talk about sad stuff and to love and listen. It’s OK to give someone cash for their meter or food for their table. It’s good to share our resources. Christmas doesn’t work for everyone, does it, God? But it might work a bit better if we looked for You in the people around us, as well as in the manger.