Pastor Amy shares this meaningful prayer reminding us to pause and reflect on the meaning of this season during this hectic last week of Advent.
I now stop what I'm doing,
what I'm thinking,
what I'm scrambling to plan
and hustling to finish
so that I can
Be here in the safety and warmth of your love.
This love that holds me fast and keeps me centered.
What I want to be a season of joy for my children
so quickly becomes a season of
increased expectations for me-
not because they expect things,
but because I do.
It's the pressure I put on myself to
make things perfect,
But, you came to me amidst darkness and stars-
reminding me how darkness and light
are most beautiful together.
And, in that holy, mysterious and messy night,
you redefined perfection,
promising me that leaning into the mystery
and laying down in loving awe
compose the most faithful response.
You tell me the best gift I can give
my children this Christmas is
to look with love into their eyes.
To pause throughout the day
to pray over them.
To envelop them with arms
of fierce grace when I feel
most angry or annoyed.
To sit in wonder for a moment (or many)
and marvel at all that shaped
our family this year.
To give thanks
and allow tears to fall
and dreams to rise.
To take my pilgrim band
by their hands and walk together,
deep into the heart of Bethlehem
shining bright within our souls.
This will be more than enough,
because you've made a manger
in which my heart will rest and find
your heartbeat becoming mine.
"Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us."