Blessed One, ’tis the season to be frantic with plans, and programs, and prayers, and intentions.
Steer us toward the pathway followed by your Holy Family, where weary feet chose careful steps along rutted roads and rocky hillsides. Help us take rest where the path is smooth, and to find patience where the way is rugged.
Join our voices in song with other pilgrims who edge toward Bethlehem. Let the chorus carry us with joy even as we tremble in the wintry, star-filled night air. Gather up our woes like the crumbs on our tables and serenade us with the beauty of hope, and the promise of peace.
Your light beckons as we make our way, bake our way, pray and wrap our way into the day of your dwelling, one weary step at a time.
Photo of “Mary,” at the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, by Anne Fraley
Anne Fraley is rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in South Windsor, CT. A life-long dog-lover, she escapes the demands of parish life volunteering for animal rescue groups. She occasionally succeeds at reviving her blog at reverent irreverence.
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