Every year we follow the pattern:

a few stars, perhaps,
and a shepherd or two,
the baby, of course,
with a few key words
(peace, joy, love, o holy night)
and some random act of kindness –
coats and gloves collected for LGBTQ youth,
a cake baked for a noisy neighbor
or something that draws a tear –
an unexpected homecoming,
a chance encounter that changes a life –

all to underscore
God-with-us
spoken confidently
even in questioning times

we knit these strands together,
like gloves on a deadline,
looking toward the last section
of the process,

“finishing.”

It’s time now,
to accept the imperfections,
to weave in the ends,
and give it away.

Bless the work of our hands,
hearts, and minds,
we pray.

To all the pastors and preachers, educators and people of faith who read this, the leadership of RevGalBlogPals wishes you a Merry Christmas, and a time of rest and re-creation in the days to come.


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.


RevGalBlogPals encourages you to share our blog posts via email or social media. We do not grant permission to cut-and-paste prayers and articles without a link back. For permission to use material in paper publications, please email revgalblogpals at gmail dot com. We are giving our bloggers a break for Christmas; Tuesday’s lectionary features will appear on Wednesday, December 26. 

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