Reflection for December 15th by Pepe Demarest, Pastoral Intern
I love getting and writing Christmas cards. I take out my list and think of the various people who have passed through my life, remembering them with gratitude and hoping for their happiness. Paul blesses the Corinthians by calling on the “God of all consolation, who consoles us in all of our afflictions, so that we may be able to console those who are in affliction.”
(2 Cor. 1:3-4).
As we are preparing for the birth of the One who brings good news to the oppressed and binds up the brokenhearted, we may feel that there is little that we can do. But as Paul is telling the Corinthians, we have been consoled so that we can console others. Our prayers are to encourage those who are afflicted. Perhaps on our Christmas cards this year, we can say that as we have been comforted, we will pray for you that you may feel the comfort and consolation of God. .
Prayer: Oh consoling God, we pray for all those who find this season dark, who feel absent and apart from the hope you promise in your Son. May we remember that during the coldest season, hearts can be warmed by remembering others. Amen.