Heavenly Father, you are the God of love, and we praise you for the most wonderful gift of Christmas, when you sent your only Son to a world that you so loved (John 3:16). Today, we remember that you are always kind to us even when we don’t deserve it (Romans 5:8). Yet we receive this gift and declare its power to mend us and make us whole.

As we are changed by this truth, may you help us to love all that you have put around us as Jesus loved us (John 13:34). Make us sensitive to the cries of our families and communities, and help us to extend your selflessness, kindness, compassion, and encouragement, to those who most need it. Help us share the truth that nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable, can ever separate us from your unfathomable love (Romans 8:38-39).

In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.