A red Christmas cactus and a lucky bamboo plant

O Tender Root of Jesse,

Promised to us,
Abiding with us,
Bloom in our dry deserts of hearts,
Grow in our distracted, busy lives.
Surprise us with your joy and love.
Encourage us with your hope and peace.

We are weary…
We wander away…

Gather us in
Be born in us today
O come to us,
Abide with us,
O hope of all Creation.


Rev. Deborah Vaughn is a hospice chaplain endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists. She blogs at An Unfinished Symphony and was a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She is an avid Buckeye fan down to her scarlet-painted toes!

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