Dear Father in Heaven, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to die and then rise from the dead for each one of us. Thank you for making it possible to have victory in the life experiences that would otherwise keep us in overwhelming despair. Father, help us to have eyes of faith that understand this. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Death comes with such finality. It leaves us reeling and yearning, with a tremendous sense of loss. It shadows us in darkness while we struggle in it. Yet, death is a part of life. Part of the Good News we celebrate at Christmas is God, through the birth of His Son, Jesus, has not abandoned us in this dark experience of death.