Babies Jesus in a drawer – photo by the author, via Prisma

For all the things yet to be done,

for all the bulletins being proofed,
and the office staff running them,

for the final versions
(and belated first drafts)
of meditations and prayers
invoking light, imagining peace,
or agitating for change,

for the figures of Baby Jesus
so well-and-carefully hidden
we cannot find them,

(check the pencil drawer)

for the candles purchased new,
and last year’s leftovers,

for the singers and musicians
rehearsing tonight,

for people who tell us
– without irony –
that the holidays
are busy for them,

even for the people losing their –
well, their tempers –
because something, anything,
has been changed,

dear Holy One, we pray.

Christmas will come,
and you will be with us,
whenever we worship,
whatever we say,
and whoever shows up.

Help us to trust that truth. Amen.


Martha Spong is a United Church of Christ pastor, a clergy coach, and executive director of RevGalBlogPals. She is co-author of Denial is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith) with Rachel Hackenberg (Church Publishing, 2018). She blogs at marthaspong.com.


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