I pray for peace.
Peace that passes all understanding.
Peace that fills every corner of your home,
Ever corner of your heart,
Every corner of your life.
I pray for comfort.
Comfort that comes through the assurance
Of God’s great love for you.
No matter what, no matter when, no matter why
No matter what you have done or will do,
His love will always be there.
A love so powerful that
He gave up His heavenly rights and position of power
To become utterly vulnerable and totally dependent
So that He would be able to say without a doubt
That He understands fully what it means
To not be able to meet all his needs through his own works.
I pray for the gift of earthly hands, feet and voices that bring
Tangible evidence to you of that great Love in practical ways.
I pray for the grace for you to see your world
Through Christ’s eyes,
So you can see the gifts He pours out daily as a celebration of
His great love for you.
— Katherine Walden
Let Every Day Be Christmas
Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.
Peace on Earth, good will to men,
kind thoughts and words of cheer,
are things we should use often
and not just once a year.
Remember too the Christ-child, grew up to be a man;
to hide him in a cradle, is not our dear Lord’s plan.
So keep the Christmas spirit, share it with others far and near,
from week to week and month to month, throughout the entire year!
— Norman Wesley Brooks (excerpt Pray it Forward: Daily Meditations)
God’s Gift Within Us
The gift is objectively already within, and yet has to be desired and awakened by the person. Faith is often clarified and joy-filled hindsight – after we have experienced our experiences. But the path ahead still demands walking in trust, risk, and various degrees of darkness.
We are always and forever the conduits, the instruments, the tuning fork, the receiver stations. We slowly learn the right frequencies that pick up the signal. The core task of all good spirituality is to teach us to ‘cooperate’ with what God already wants to do and had already begun to do. In fact, nothing good would even enter our mind unless in the previous moment God had not already moved within us. We are always and forever merely seconding the motion.
— Richard Rohr from The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See