Prayer for the Eighth Meeting

Eighth Meeting

Lord Jesus, we have accompanied Mary and Joseph from their little home in Nazareth to the town of Bethlehem to fulfill their civic duty.
We have shared Mary’s discomfort as she rode a donkey over bumpy roads in the final days of her pregnancy; camped overnight along the roadside; and longed for a safe and sheltered place to bring you into the world as her time drew near.
We have been present at the scene of your Nativity... You, the Son of God, born in a humble stable; wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a bed of hay with only the breath of animals to give you warmth.
We have felt your Mother’s pain as she laboured; shared her joy when she held you in her arms and looked upon you ... the perfect completion of the Spirit’s breath upon her nine long months earlier.
We have witnessed shepherds coming from their fields to worship you .... travelled with Wise Kings from the East who followed the star that led them to you ... knelt with them as they paid homage to you, the long-promised King of God’s chosen people.
We have rejoiced at your birth, stood in awe and wonder that you, the Son of God should choose to leave your heavenly Kingdom to share our humanity. You lived as we live; experienced joy, disappointment and every other human emotion; knew hunger, thirst, physical pain and the challenge of temptation by the Evil One ... and ultimately, died on a wooden cross to save us from our sins and the finality of death.
What can we offer you, Lord, as special gifts to commemorate your birth?
As we enter the season of Advent, may we find joy and hope in the anticipation of your coming. May this be a time of total giving of ourselves ... our time, our energies, our possessions to help those who are less fortunate than we are.
May we respond to your every call with a loving and joyful ‘Yes’ (like Mary’s!) and with your help, be instrumental in bringing a little peace into our small corner of the world.
Bless this, our time together, Lord, as once again, we share our prayer experience. Help us to know you more intimately, love you more deeply and follow you more closely. Amen.