ever Christmas

Later this week, our God,
we’ll start talking about Christmas as last year,
and we’ll start looking ahead to next Christmas.

Our prayer though,
is that we will live Christmas
into and through our new year—
You-with-us, the gift, the presence,
manifest in our assurance,
in our joy—our love and peace—our hope,
in the witness of our consistent presence
in worship, fellowship, and service,
in the story our living proclaims

so that Christmas will always be more
than just what happened
and what is awaited again,
but always and ever as well, what is—
You coming to us,
asking to be born,
willing to grow with us
into redeeming.
May this be the gift we keep receiving
and keep giving
in Jesus’ name,
amen.

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