We look towards your cradle, Lord Jesus and at ourselves, people of your bountiful creation. How many of us would find our way to Bethlehem?
There would be those of us who would not heed the message of the angels; we would demand proof first.
Some would spend much time talking about the journey but would never make a start.
There would be those of us who could not find time for such a venture; and those who would start but be diverted by material distractions on the way.
On arrival, some would not enter such a dirty place because it offended our sensibilities.
And if we did make our way into the stable, some would be too proud to kneel before a pauper-child.
O God of the manger, help me to find and follow the way and worship.
Give me then, gracious God, the simple faith of the shepherds; the obedience of Mary; the patience of Joseph and the determination of the Eastern sages to find the truth of the incarnation.
Give me Christ-like willingness to dare to touch and experience all human conditions; determination to worship you wherever I may be; actions which follow the Godly intentions you implant and a humility that imitates that of the kings.
Deliver me, compassionate God, from the massive carelessnesses that afflict so many of us in the western world in our futile search for "a better quality of life": That, can only come from one source: and that Source was laid within a cradle in Bethlehem.
This is the latest addition to The Cross and Cosmos Christmas collection which has 10 contemporary carols and 3 assembly/ all age activities among other Advent, Christmas and Epiphany material. You can access it HERE