Christmas is a time to celebrate the coming of Jesus into our world and into our personal everyday lives. Here is a little poem I wrote for Christmas, but it can be prayed all year long.
“Prayer for Divine Intrusion”
God of infinite love, come into my life.
Walk beside me, hold my hand, pat me on the back when I need it.
Help me up when I fall down. Help me down when I’m puffed up.
Encourage me, support me. Inspire me, disarm me.
Broaden my vision. Expand my understanding.
Inflame my heart with love for all who enter the circle of my life,
But especially for those in need.
Listen to my cries, my sighs, my silence.
Say yes to me. Say no to me.
Feed me, need me. Hug me, bug me.
Teach me to say I’m sorry. Teach me to say I forgive.
Set high standards for me. Make demands upon me.
Never mistake my stubborn NO! to you as my final answer.
Free me from my tendency to wrap around myself.
Enlarge my world. Direct my attention to all that really matters.
Fill my life with your signs, and help me to notice and interpret them wisely.
Accept me as I am,
But keep nudging me to be a better version of who I already am.
Melt my coldness. Smooth my rough edges.
Play with me, dance with me, weep with me, laugh with me.
Help me to live less cautiously.
Keep telling me to grow up. Keep telling me to be more childlike.
Bless me with a ton of patience,
But never let me be completely satisfied with the way things are.
Increase my thirst for you. Deepen my trust in you.
Love me. Love me. Love me.
I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! My Christmas card this year says: “God’s smallest wonders often bring the greatest joys… Wishing you the warmth and wonder of this season of love.”
I’m offering two songs for you. The first is the traditional “Silent Night” sung by the Daughters of St. Paul, a choir of nuns. The second is a contemporary song sung by Faith Hill: “A Baby Changes Everything.” I’d add: especially this particular baby!
“A Baby Changes Everything”:
Any responses to the poem, the songs, or Christmas itself?