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This is another entry from the writing project.  One of my loving editors has requested I post this.  Hope you enjoy it!  Merry Christmas!  xo


The western commercialization of Christmas absolutely wears me out.  I really dig the family stuff, presents for our loved ones, even the decorations and traditions are awesome, but the excess and the over the top spending for the entire season and then our token dialing-in to the birth of the Christ on Christmas eve or Christmas day leaves me feeling very sad and restless in the season.  We spin so fast during the holidays, I wonder if we really slow down enough to get to the truth of what the fuss is really all about.  Today I offer an Advent Prayer taken from Richard Rohr’s booklet:  Preparing for Christmas.  The word “advent” means the arrival of a notable person, not what we seem to make it:  the arrival of a notable season.  The poetry in this prayer is beautiful and the truth is rich.  This is not the kind of wording I use privately or pray with publically.  But it hit my spirit and I wanted to share it with you.  Maybe this is the year that we push in deeper to the Christ.  O come O come Emmanuel!  Lets begin to focus our minds and our spirit to the magnificent truth that He came and still, every day, comes for us!

O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care.  Come, O Sacred Lord of ancient Israel, you showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush and you gave the holy law on Mount Sinai:  Come, O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you; Come, O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel, you [not the systems of this world] control at your will the gate of heaven:  Come break down the prison walls of death, O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:  Come shine on those who dwell in the darkness and the shadow of death.  O, King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of humankind:  Come and save these creatures you fashioned from the dust.  O, Emmanuel, God-With-Us, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people:  Come and set us free.  The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”  Amen.

So Mary gives birth to the child.  Shepherds nearby receive a visitation from the angel of the Lord.  He scares the bujeebers out of them, but they manage to gather themselves to hear his message: “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And from there it was on!  It is good for us to dial it down enough to go back to the manger, to whisper softly and peek into those warm blankets to see the mysterious miracle all over again.  May this advent season be the richest, most memorable ever!  He has come!  Let the earth rejoice!  He has come!


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  1. Ashley Musick
    December 13, 2010 at 11:46 am

    nice prayer Mike! That’s the kind of thing we should be asking for over Christmas….

    • Kayla Phillips
      December 13, 2010 at 2:59 pm

      great post, I love it! Also…how the heck did you make it snow on your page?! It’s cool! But I gotta tell you, I feel colder for reading this, now I gotta grab my scarf.

  2. MARISOL Doyle
    December 13, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Amen…This is the long of my soul…come back soon Lord!

    On the other hand, I am touched by His presence…
    His surprises…
    His provision…
    His goodness…
    His kindness…
    His mercy…
    His healing…
    He doesn’t cease to amazed me and I know…I haven’t begin to grasp His love, fruit, depth of His presence and miracles…

    I enoyed the snow on the screen…and the fact that it won’t turn into ice :0)))
    ja ja!

    I wish Christmas were not about receiving stuff
    thinking on the material gifts
    but a time to focus on the unwrapped gifts that Jesus has blessed us with
    that truly fill us and what we really long when they are missing…

    a time to let go all negative feelings and actions
    and redeem the time to show Christ in action…
    a time for the church to LIVE OUT CHRIST IN AND OUT…
    …to encourage one another as iron sharpening iron…
    a time to be all He planned and died for
    a time to give Jesus the gift of 1 Cor 13:4-8 and the book of Philippians…

    Thanks Mike for the opportunity to share my heart with you here…
    my love to Patti…miss her…but lifting you both up
    with His best for you and the world through you 2 2 2 2 2

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