NIGHT PRAYER: Wednesday 12/27

NIGHT PRAYER: Wednesday 12/27

One of my favorite Christmas images…
Artist unknown

Study the image above,
a tender moment all fathers know,
cradling a child and wondering,
    « What will become of this little one,
        fast asleep in my arms? »

Joseph holds a child not his own,

not in the natural sense,

yet this child is his 
to nurture and care for…
Is not all love like this?
An invitation 
    to shelter – but not confine,
    to hold – but not to own, 
    to embrace and yet set free
        the heart of everyone we love…

Those we love and claim as ours

    are but on loan to us
until the One who made us 
    claims us all and frees us 
       to be loved…

Let us pray…

you hold a son in your strong arms:
    Mary’s newborn boy child,
    entrusted to your care…

But Mary’s son is not your own

  – and yet he’s yours –   
to nurture and protect 
to shelter and to love…

As you hold this child so faithfully,

    so carefully, so gently,

so may we hold each other

    – and let ourselves be held…

Teach us, Joseph, teach us well,
    the love that never fails
to free the hearts we hold so close
    and cherish as our own…
Go to sleep my Son
This manger for your bed
You have a long road before 
You rest your little head
Can you feel the weight of your glory?
Do you understand the price?
Or does the Father guard your heart for now
So you can sleep tonight?
Go to sleep my Son
Go and chase your dreams
This world can wait for one more moment
Go and sleep in peace
I believe the glory of Heaven
Is lying in my arms tonight
But Lord, I ask that he for just this moment
Simply be my child
Go to sleep my Son
Baby, close your eyes 
Soon enough you’ll save the day 
But for now, dear Child of mine

Oh my Jesus, sleep tight



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