Cherishing God, in your abiding love we stop to ground ourselves again. Here is where cast our rods far out in time to catch a glimpse of how long you have known us, loved us, accepted us—and reel it in. In quiet we hear the echoes of your call to us from before our own memory holds it. But now, in Christmastide, there is more. We hold out our own humanity alongside yours and wonder if we can be different, too. Is there mystery enough for us to seek your divinity there, in our skin and bone and blood and muscle, and find our sacred life as your own sons and daughters? Let the Gospel promises of Jesus break us open with hope, healing and freedom that we might see ourselves and our neighbours though this new lens, and never put it down again. With Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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Diane Strickland, ordained for 33 years, is a Community & Workplace Traumatologist, Compassion Fatigue Specialist–Therapist and Critical Incident Responder. She is retired in The United Church of Canada, serving special emergent needs–like supporting ministers and ministries during a pandemic.

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