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Preparing Optimistically for Christmas 

A PRAYER FROM BISHOP PHILIP HUGGINS ( President, National Council of Churches Australia)

Gracious God,

We give thanks, as with optimistic hearts, we are once again renewed by the Nativity scene of Christmas.

You are “utterly kind and unassuming “, as beloved Julian of Norwich learned in the Revelations you gave her of your Divine Love.

We see your ways in the eternal story of shepherds and magi, gathered with a young country couple, in that blessed stable of Bethlehem.

Preparing now for Christmas, we pray for your grace.

May we be utterly kind and unassuming ourselves.

Coming amongst us so vulnerably, baby Jesus in a manger, we see your risk-taking ways in love.

May we also be risk-takers in love.

“Behold, I bring you good tidings “ was the message of your angels to the shepherds, watching their flocks by night.

May we also bear good tidings all the way to Christmas 2020 and beyond.

We pray these prayers of our hearts in your holy name, AMEN.


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