December 23, 2019
Prayer for the Week: Holy God, you have no beginning, no starting place, no birth, yet you chose to enter this world through a nativity, through a woman’s womb. The fullness of your love took on flesh and bone and blood. The completeness of your mercy became one of us to reveal a vision of a life no longer ruled by guilt and greed. As we celebrate the Emmanuel, your presence with us, let us truly reflect upon what it means to suggest the divine put on skin. Forgive us when we simply celebrate a moment in the past instead of recognizing how your presence is always seeking a life to embody, a body to give it life. Let your church be reborn this Christmas, allowing for the fullness of your love and the completeness of your mercy to be woven into our flesh and bones and blood. Make our individual bodies and our corporate body the nativity of your transforming gift that comes to a world once again needing a vision of life no longer ruled by guilt and greed. This we pray in the name of the child born into the Bethlehem of every generation. Amen.
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