“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.” (Psalm 98:4)
Christmas is the culmination of the season of Advent, the remembering of all of God’s gifts that come to earth with the birth of Jesus, God with us. A season unto itself (from December 25–January 5), Christmas is a call to celebrate who God is in our lives, and acknowledge that Jesus lives within each of us so that we can then be gifts to each other and our world.
Psalm 98, Praise the Judge of the World, is a song of celebration that speaks of God’s steadfast faithfulness and love through all of the seasons of our lives. New life and new possibilities are always being born. The psalm reminds us that no matter how we hear this song, or experience this season, we cannot stay the same because Jesus is born within us. The birth of Jesus brings hope, peace, joy, and love to our lives and causes us to sing—not in a small whisper, but out loud and from the very depths of our souls. It is a feeling that warms us from the inside out in this cold season of winter.
May Jesus be born in us this Christmas. May his Spirit carry us through all that life brings.
Body Prayer: Christmas
Repeat the following prayer, using the actions to inspire movement as you are able:
Holy One (reach up and out)
May the gift of Jesus (cradle arms)
Be born in me (circle arms over chest)
So that all might know (one arm at a time, circle out from body)
God’s hope (widen arms)
God’s peace (clasp hands over heart)
God’s joy (put hands toward centre, wiggle fingers)
And God’s love (open fingers over heart)
AMEN (head down, hands at prayer with palms together)
The Rev. Catherine Stuart ministers at Bedeque United Church, Prince Edward Island.