Love Came Down at Christmas

Wendorf, dianeBorn…how can you be born among us?
we know the story…that Mary-mother…
too young–too brave…
who faced this world with
your call…
who give birth to the savior…
and she didn’t flinch, she didn’t say
“no…not me…”
she said “how can this be?”
she was filled with wonder…and then…
she was filled with your holy spirit…
and she said, “yes…
my soul magnifies you…
God almighty, glorious one”
she said…”I will”…and she did…
we know that story…
and old as that story is…
it still causes us to wonder
we gather here in awe and wonder
that you were
Born
…you were born to this girl, this Mary girl
and a man named Joseph
…of course we know his name
…how could we ever forget?
O God, he could have left her
he could have abandoned this girl…left her
for the shame and the worry of it all…
but he did not…even though he knew
the baby she was carrying was not his own…
he put his arm around her, God…
he was not the father but he claimed her and then he claimed you…
and you were born…to that humble family
who traveled far away from home
just to be counted,
who obeyed the order of the day
and went to Bethlehem…
where you were born…yes we know your story, God
this story that you gave us
and we hold the wonder of it all in our hearts
even today
as we claim the hope it brings to us
the light it shines in us
for these dark and terrible times on earth…
we claim your hope…
even as hundreds of thousands of refugees…
just like Mary and Joseph and Jesus…
flee their homeland…wondering who will take them in
we ask your help to shed your light
into the dark and shadowy places
where there are people huddled without shelter from the cold…
where hungry people hang their heads and ask for help
where children hide for fear
of another day without the love…
all children deserve…
we pray
and we ask your blessing on especially
these who need your help finding hope in this world
we ask your help and guidance
as we seek to follow your star,
to the stable and then…into the world…
that your angels’ songs may inspire peace
among all people
in every place
and all around the world.

This prayer, Oh God, is full of wonder and asking
it ends…with thanksgiving…
for we are truly thankful…
that you were born into this world
and that you are born this night…
into our lives and into our hearts…
that we might bear your love…like Mary…
into all the dark and stormy places of this world…
we pray our hope,
we pray our thanks,
we pray our love
by the grace of the one born this night…
who taught us to pray together…Our father…

A gift from Diane Wendorf, of Sanford, Maine, both the art and the poem prayer! I receive it with so much gratitude.

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