Wrapped Up


While wrapping Christmas gifts, I pray.

I pray for those wrapped up in family issues, more concerned about relationships than celebrations.

I pray for those wrapped up in financial difficulties, more concerned about their next meal than a Christmas feast.

I pray for those wrapped up in abusive relationships - those who want out but can't see their way out, and those who choose to stay. 

I pray for those wrapped up in surviving war, their only wish peace. 

I pray for those who spread love and joy this holiday season through caroling, random acts of kindness, visiting, and sharing their time and talents with others.

I pray for those wrapped up in dealing with natural disaster, who are focused more on safety and uncertain future than festivities. 

I pray for those wrapped up in mental health issues, who struggle all the more at this time of year.

I pray for those wrapped up in physical health issues, especially those unable to spend the holidays at home.

I pray for those wrapped up in caregiving, often forgetting to take care of themselves in the process.

I pray for those wrapped up in all that goes into resettling a refugee family who will soon arrive, combining holiday preparations with the work of setting up all that is needed for a new start in life.

I pray for those wrapped up in gathering things for others and in expectations of what they will receive this holiday season, that they may look past the wrappings and into the hearts of those around them.

I pray for those wrapped up in welcoming a new life into the world, adding celebration to celebration.

I pray for those wrapped up in blessing the dying with their love, their care, and their prayers.

I pray for those wrapped up in seeking shelter and food, while many of us don't give a second thought to the bounty of our holiday feasts and the warmth and safety of our homes.

I pray for those who have nothing to wrap, and nothing to open, and find Joy in the moments, the connections, the love, the laughter, and the light.

While wrapping gifts, I realize just how blessed I truly am.








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