Midday Prayers: Christmas Eve

God is the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it. [Isaiah 42:5]

Let’s seek God with all our heart
Amen. Christ be our still-point.
Let’s seek God with all our soul
Amen. Christ be our vision.
Let’s seek God with all our mind
Amen. Christ be our wisdom.
Let’s seek God with all our strength
Amen. Christ be our souls’ companion.

Adapted from Our Common Prayer

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-5, 14

God is nowhere 

if not in creation. 

God’s breath over the void 

drew forth light and dark, land and sea.

God’s will caused water to flow 

and plants to sprout.

God’s breath inspired life a human form  

and God’s imagining inspired creatures, 

companions all in an ecological union.

God’s vision of a perfect world 

displayed in a garden.

God is nowhere

if not with creation..

But human tenacity is short lived, 

promises forgotten and undertakings overlooked.

Never quite getting a grip 

on the need for teamwork, 

side-lining others in the interests of self.

Wilfully ignorant 

of the inter connected relationships 

of plant and animal life, 

failing to see the human role is in – 

not over- creation.

God is nowhere 

if not in human form –

conceived in flesh and blood,

born in time and space, 

occupying our human limitations, 

sharing our divine inspiration. 

True to his calling, 

working in union, 

disciplined to God’s will,

humbling self to love the other, 

following God’s vision of a world 

displayed in perfect humanity. 

Let us pray:

Rejoicing in the miracle of God’s Word present in creation from the beginning,

may we honour all that has life,

cherishing trees and plants, birds and animals, insect life and sea life so that their life is not extinguished by our thoughtless actions.

Rejoicing in the miracle of the Word that brings light to the world,

may we learn from the light. 

Help us overcome our pride, to acknowledge our ignorance, and to live in harmony with all creation.

Rejoicing in the miracle of God born in human flesh, may we be inspired to follow Christ’s example,

humbling ourselves to better love one another,

humbling ourselves to better love the world around us,

humbling ourselves to know our place in and not above creation.

Amen. 

Author: Judith Russenberger

Environmentalist and theologian, with husband and three grown up children plus one cat, living in London SW14. I enjoy running and drinking coffee - ideally with a friend or a book.

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