Thursday, January 2, 2014
Christmas Prayer 9 (Day 346)
O God, You cover the earth in snow like a blanket: cover us with your wing as the storms pass, both within and without. The earth rests beneath the snow, gathering itself to burst forth in new life: enliven our spirits to take up our cross.
Let us make each moment of our lives a worthy oblation to You, O Source of All Beauty. Make us grateful for our friends, and never take for granted their love or generosity to us. Let us be loving, yet bold, in seeking justice and compassion for all; for You, O God, are patient and merciful to us.
Let us assess and correct our own flaws before we dare to judge our brothers and sisters who are struggling. Let us be generous with our time, talent, and treasure in your service, for we know that all we have comes from You.
Preserve all those who protect us today, especially soldiers, police, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, and doctors. Bring them all safely home to their loved ones at the end of day, and protect them from cold or danger.
Shield the joyous and comfort the afflicted, O Loving One, and rest your hand upon those we now name.