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As the busy week leading to Christmas draws to a close, take three deep breaths.

Blessed One, we read that “the word is near” on our hearts and lips.  You are near.  In the midst of running around, trying to make sure everything is perfect for the holidays, may you remind us that you are already near – as near as a heartbeat and a breath.  May we rest in this knowledge and speak your life-giving word to those in need of it.  This day, we pray for our neighbors in Iraq – bring an end to the violence and raise up leaders who will help to guide Iraq into a peaceful future.  In Christ’s name we pray, AMEN. 

Close with the Lord’s Prayer, pausing between each line.