Let's not forget that above all Christmas is a holy day that commemorates the birth of the messenger of God and how he inspired millions across the world.
That time of the year is here! Festivity is in the air, colorful lights everywhere, and people in better spirits than they were though the year. Even the trees seem to sway to the tunes of Christmas carols. Folks are looking forward to spending time with their family and exchanging gifts and heartfelt wishes. And why not? It's finally time to sing—Joy to the World, the Lord is Here! A long, long time ago, stars stopped over Bethlehem and guided people to a stable. That child grew up to be a messenger of God, who showed millions the path of tolerance and love.
So while we drink in the merriment and have a good time, it is important to remember the essence of Christmas—that we are all the children of God and nothing pleases him more than loving each other. It is also the time to reconnect to the Lord, in quiet moments of contemplation and gratitude. More importantly, it is that time of the year to pray. Sincere prayers rising from the heart reach God the quickest than rituals done for the sake of it.
This Christmas, celebrate, laugh, love. But more importantly, pray. For your loved ones, people who are struggling emotionally and physically, the homeless, and every aching heart that is lonely during the holidays. Here are five specific ways praying can help you heal this Christmas.
When you disconnect from the humdrum of routine life and pray, you can slip past the noisy mind and get in touch with the center of calm within you. While many would like to follow a process or ritual to pray, sometimes just a simple heartfelt prayer can help you connect with God. Remember that a child's prayer is the purest because it comes from her heart. Be childlike in your desire to connect with God and let your heart lead you. There are no right or wrong words.
"And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Luke 11:9, 10).
Praying is not just about asking, but about listening as well. Within each person is an ever-residing silence, an all-pervasive peace, that you can connect with by being still. This aspect of praying can be healing and therapeutic. Find some quiet time to still your mind and listen. Whether you call it intuition or the Voice of God, there is an everloving presence that guides you from within.
Many-a-times the answers we really need to the burning questions of life are hidden in our conscience, but we fail to dig deep enough to find them or remain distracted by the banality of routine life. The Lord has made us all capable of sailing through the storms of life. Sometimes, we need someone to make us aware of our potential and the best person can be you. When you are totally absorbed in devotion, you tend to go deeper in your soul and remove the clutter that covers the wisdom.
“Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray” (Psalm 5:1, 2).
More often than not, we forget to count our blessings. We get carried away by the material superficiality of the world and do not realize how sheltered and privileged we are. Praying makes you believe that what God has given us and what he will give us in the future are sufficient, satisfying, and the best in store for us. By being grateful, we show our faith in the Almighty. Thanking God is one of the most significant parts of any prayer. Gratitude is also a form of self-care that allows you to turn away from things stressing you out and focus on things that make you feel good instantly.
Thank the Creator for your body, for your hands and legs, for your heart that beats despite all the heartbreak it has gone through.
Thank the Creator for this beautiful Earth, all the resources we use, for clean drinking water, food, and a roof over our head.
Thank the Lord for having someone to call, to wish this Christmas, for the smile of your kids, for the hug from your loved ones. Many, many people wake up alone, with no one to spend the holiday with.
Thank God for the good, earnest people around the world. Thank God for the random acts of kindness that restore our faith in humanity.
Thank the Universe for guiding you at every step, although you believe you are alone, there is Grace guiding you and looking out for you.
"Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace” Philippians 4:6-7.
Christmas also serves as a reminder to cherish our family and the bond we share with our loved ones. Praying as a family or community can be exponentially powerful as hearts that love each other have the power to heal and release the hold that sorrow and cynicism have on us. And when you pray together as a community, the power amplifies all the more.
Every time we say our prayers it reinforces our faith in God. We say the prayers because we believe that God is listening to us and he will heal us. With prayers comes a gush of positive energy that drives away the voice of doubt from our lives and minds. It makes us freer and more receptive to the signs of the Universe. We become empathetic, sensitive, and grateful for the bounties of nature. We realize that as humans it is our responsibility to be kind to others, spread love, and lead by example. After all, the child of God, Jesus Christ guided the world towards the path of kindness and love and sacrificed himself for the sake of humanity.
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