A few weeks ago, Phil Knight-Atkinson gave me a lovely framed prayer entitled “A Christmas Prayer” (see photo). A bit of internet research revealed that the words are from Julian of Norwich. “Julian (1342-c.1416) is known to us almost only through her book, The Revelations of Divine Love, which is widely acknowledged as one of the great classics of the spiritual life. She is thought to have been the first woman to write a book in English which has survived. It was a time of plague and poverty, as well as famine; yet her writings are suffused with hope and trust in God’s goodness.” (source-juliancenter.org)
The words of this Christmas Prayer are her voice speaking to us across the centuries. May it fill your heart in these advent days with hope as we wait for the “choicest gift, our dearest guest, ” Jesus, Emmanuel, God with Us.
A Christmas Prayer:
O Christ, grant us thankful hearts today for Thee, our choicest gift, our dearest guest. Let not our souls be busy inns that have no room for Thee and Thine, but quiet homes of prayer and praise where Thou mayest find fit company, where the needful cares of life are wisely ordered and put away, and wide sweet spaces kept for Thee, where holy thoughts pass up and down, and fervent longings watch and wait Thy coming. So when Thou comest again, O holy One, mayest Thou find all things ready, and Thy family waiting for no new master, but for one long loved and known. Even so come, Lord Jesus. Amen.