December 24, 2018 – Christmas Eve — prayer from Go Tell it on the Mountain




“Over the hills and everywhere” “Go Tell It on the Mountain” African-American spiritual song circa 1865, compiled by John Wesley Work, Jr

God, I am going to tell it
on the mountain,
and at the border wall,
in city street and grocery aisle,
in shelter and courtroom,
board room and bar.

I am going to tell it
anonymously at the meeting
in the church basement,
and climbing the old pulpit
where it has been heard
so many times before.

I a am going to promise it
in a high school
where a student is wondering
whether someone has a gun,
dance it at a Quinceañera,
smile it in a memory loss unit
post it on social media
and whisper in a child’s ear —

that Jesus Christ is born!

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