Christmas Prayer

“Come near to God and God will come near to you.”

James 4:8
Christmas Prayer

The Christmas bells peel.

The Sun anoints in dappled light, forging rays into haloes.

Mary perfumes the air of roses.

Angels gather in the eaves to intone a novena of hope.

Quick, light the lamps within the Cathedral that I am.

God has arrived.

(Of course You are always here and always will be, as promised)

I long for a blessing to make my way.

Silence descends.

The Beloved processes down the nave of my being.

A nod of benediction is mercifully extended to my flaws tucked sullen in the back pew,

they follow me wherever I go.

Thankfully, God is focused on my potential, the good in me.

“Be still,” God whispers to my restless soul, and then steps into the lectern of my heart.

My spirit is suddenly swathed in glow, of the supernatural kind.

A child again.

“I made you for love,”

God whispers.

“I don’t give as the world gives.”

The tears come.

“I make a way when you see no way.”

“Your soul is unconquerable.”

A Christmas homily of Love—

 From the One who knows me better than I know myself.

I slip back through the iron-filigreed doors—Grace is mine.

Saved for another day.

To know this kind of love,

I can do anything.

Humbly, I say,





Merry Christmas! See you in 2019!



  • Susie Brannon

    December 24, 2018 at 9:33 am Reply

    So beautiful. He loves us in spite of ourselves. Christmas blessings.

  • jane Mccracken

    December 24, 2018 at 10:42 am Reply

    Oh Farrell thank you for posting! I hung onto every word as I held my breath in the 9:30 service yesterday. I missed so many of these words because it was so beautifully written and spoken that it literally took my breath away! I like so many others wipe away the tears that came to me as you said AMEN!
    So happy we have friended each other in 2018. I’m HOPE ING for coffee together in 2019!

    with love,
    Jane McCracken

  • Celestia

    December 30, 2018 at 8:54 am Reply


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