If at all possible, take a walk around your neighborhood today. As you walk by each dwelling, say a prayer for the neighbors there. Pray for their protection and safety, their peace and health, their family life and relationships. Pray that they experience a joyous Christmas and blessings for the coming year. Bless their pets or their gardens, their vocations and their hobbies. … Pray for the neighborhood as a whole, for peace between neighbors, for the flourishing of a healthy sense of community.
—Melissa Tidwell, Embodied Light: Advent Reflections on the Incarnation (Upper Room Books, 2013)
How often do you pray for people in your neighborhood? Join the conversation.
Do not take revenge on others or continue to hate them, but love your neighbors as you love yourself.
—Leviticus 19:18 (GNT)
Prayer for the Week
Light of the world, who made all things, speak me
afresh that I might not only hear your word and receive
your essence, but also embody the word you have spoken
in me. Amen.
Prayer by Melissa Tidwell
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For many people, this time of year is not always merry and bright. Whether they have recently suffered a loss or the season simply brings up old wounds, almost everyone has moments of darkness and sorrow during Christmastime. Join us in praying for those in need or share your own prayer request at The Upper Room Prayer Wall.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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