May the coming of Christ
deepen your wonder
and widen your gratitude.
May the helpless child
bring forth your tenderness
and strengthen your love.
May the gentle mother
give you courage to embrace the holy
and find the divine in yourself.
May the child who shares our death
bring light into your darkness,
and hope to your weariness.
May the holy family in the stable
open your heart to the poor,
the homeless, the refugee.
May the child sought by soldiers
embolden you to cry out
and empower you to resist injustice.
May the angels who sing above you
awaken your heart
and surround you with beauty.
May the One Who Comes
remind you of your belovedness
and fill you with kindness and mercy,
and give you joy.
December 23, 2019