“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” —John 1:14 (MSG)
Christmas is here—our Savior has come! We’ve spent some time this Advent season with a diverse cast of characters on the road to Bethlehem. In her litany “Nativity,” author and liturgist Pat Bennett offers a prayer that expresses our willingness and desire to participate in Christ’s work in the world. Join us in praying:
“Incarnate Christ, be born in me this Christmas!
May my will be as Mary’s, saying ‘yes’ to your ways; my mind as Joseph’s, open to your unfolding revelation.
May my voice be as the angels’, joyfully proclaiming Good News; my knees as the animals’, quietly bent in adoration.
May my feet be as the shepherds’, running eagerly to find you; my hands as the wise men’s, offering up all that I have.
May my heart be as the manger, poor yet containing heaven’s greatest treasure; my life as the stable, hallowed and expanded by your presence.
Incarnate Christ, be born again in me this Christmas!”
We thank God for the ways He has inspired and encouraged you to deepen your frontier mission engagement this Advent. May you continue to grow in your love for and understanding of the world’s least-reached peoples, until every nation, tribe, people and language has had an opportunity to hear and receive the Good News!
©2005 Nativity by Pat Bennett, Hay and Stardust: Resources for Christmas to Candlemas (compiled by Ruth Burgess), Wild Goose Publications. Reproduced with permission of the Licensor through PLSclear