"And the Word became flesh
and dwelt among us,
full of grace and truth;
we have beheld his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father."
Remembering the Sacred Presence of the One Who Dwells Among Us
~by Joyce Rupp
~by Joyce Rupp
May we look for your goodness in people who seem least likely to carry your love.
May we behold your radiance in the ones we quickly pass by at home or work.
May we discover your love in our deeper self when we feel unloving and irritable.
May we embrace you in the persons whose faithfulness we take for granted.
May we see your empathy in those serving the wounded of the world.
May we recognize your courage in the valiant people who speak for justice.
May we notice your non-judgmental acceptance in those who keep an open mind.
May we search for your gentleness when it is covered with harshness in another.
May we observe your generosity in every gift we receive, no matter how small it is.
May we reveal your mercy when we pardon someone for having turned against us.
May we welcome your joy in the delightful voices and happy play of children.
May we convey your compassion when we visit those with illness and poor health.
May we detect your patience in those who put up with our impatience and hurry.
May we unite with your peace hidden beneath the layers of the world’s disharmony.
O Divine One, you came into our world in the form of a newly emerged child, fresh and fragile as all of us are at our birthing. You came as a beloved one filled with the radiance of eternal Light. As you grew in humanness, your life and teachings revealed the vast goodness of your inner being. We now carry your loving Spirit of radiance within us. We can easily miss this gift in the press of our activities and our clouded, inner vision. Skim away the inattentiveness of our minds and the crusts of unloving on our hearts. As we prepare to celebrate the wonder of your birth, help us discern your concealed presence in each part of our life.