December 12, 2021

Beloved Lover of humankind,

Soften our heart so that we too may have compassion for the who suffer, so that we too may give gladly of our time and treasure to those in need.

May nothing we do be done in strife, but in confidence and in peace.

May nothing we do be done in foolish pride, but in lowliness of mind let us esteem others as greater than ourselves.

May we esteem the need of others as greater than our own.

May we look with kindness and compassion upon their burdens.

May our hearts become as tender wombs prepared to receive Your grace, that in due time may we bring forth the joyful fruit of Your Spirit.

May this mind be in us, which was also in Christ Jesus:That being God He made Himself impoverished, and took upon Himself the form of a servant, humbled Himself, and was obedient unto death – yet a death that has brought all to life.

We ask this in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. AMEN.

Scott Cairns in God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas. Paraclete Press: Brewster, Massachusetts. 2007

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