It's Still Christmas

It’s still Christmas… Here’s a prayer for Christmastide (December 25-January 5) from the book Essential Christmas Prayers:

Almighty God and Father of light, a child is born for us and a son is given to us. Your eternal Word leaped down from heaven in the silent watches of the night, and now your Church is filled with wonder at the nearness of her God. Open our hearts to receive his life and increase our vision with the rising of dawn, that our lives may be filled with his glory and his peace, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Soul Storying Prompts for Journaling or Discussion:
Where do you see the light shining in the darkness in the world around you?
In what areas of your life is the light of God shining into places of darkness and sorrow?
In what areas of your life are you waiting for the light of God?

Christmastide
(Source)

Christina Rossetti, 1830 - 1894

Love came down at Christmas,
     Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
     Star and Angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
     Love Incarnate, Love Divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
     But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
     Love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
     Love for plea and gift and sign.

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