Holy God, there are gifts we long for this Christmas. 

We praise you for the gifts that have sustained us this year: deep hope…holy energy…perseverance…righteous anger…the ability to see injustice around us, and within us.  We ask you for particular gifts this season: rest for health care workers…a full table for the hungry…health for those working at cash registers and cleaning hospital floors.  For those on the edge of eviction, make home safe.  For the lonely, bring friendship.  For the grieving, your solace. 

May each one of us, from the famous to the ignored, from the powerful to the lost, find our place in your story again. 

We place our hope in the Christ Child, Amen. 

Mary Austin is the pastor of Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, a multi-cultural church in the Washington, DC area.

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