December 2, 2019
Prayer for the Week:
Move among us, God of Light. Enfold us within the warmth of your brilliance. Provide your presence that reveals cracks in shadows that loom over us. Give us the courage to claim the light, even when it is faint at best. The prophet invited us to walk in and by your light. Take us beyond the well lit path of consumerism that devours our waking hours. Usher us to the source of the light, a young and impoverished couple who huddled where field animals usually ate and rested. There, where the world was not looking, let us find the glory of your grace, the light of your love. Let us be willing to follow the unexpected and arduous journey to the Bethlehem of our day and time. Let us not look to the traditional places of power, or even those who have been given titles of prestige. Let us look among the powerless and forgotten. Guide our attention to the borders where the frightened cry out, to the places of violence where children are too often viewed as collateral damage, to brothels where the innocent are trafficked, to the institutions of piety that oppress with guilt and shame, to those places in the world where the gifts of women are dismissed. It is in these places, to which so few are looking, that you are choosing to once again be born as the Holy One of Mercy. By faith, let us make our way to those Bethlehems of anguish that you have never forgotten. Amen.
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