Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Christmas Prayer by Ian Oliver

Ian Oliver, pastor for the University Church at Yale University wrote a marvelous prayer for Christmas I'd like to share with you. I ran across it in the Magnificat Magazine this month. It's a prayer for the December 24th prayer readings, but it was so good I thought I'd share it with you.

A Christmas Prayer

On that holy night,
It happened.

God took a handful of humanity:
Proud, petulant, passionate;
And a handful of divinity:
Undivided, inexpressible, incomprehensible:
And enclosed them in one small body.

Somehow, the all too human
Touched the divine.
And was not vaporized.
To be human was never the same,
But forever thereafter,
Carried a hint of its close encounter with the perfect.
and forever thereafter,
God was never the same,
But carried a hint of the passion of the mortal.

If God can lie down in a cattle-trough,
is any object safe from transformation?
If peasant girls can be mothers to God,
Is any life safe from the invasion of the eternal?

If all this could happen, O God,
What places of darkness on our earth
are pregnant with light waiting to be born this night?

If all this could happen, O God,
Then you could be, and are, anywhere, everywhere,
Waiting to be born this night in the most
unbelievable places,
Perhaps even in our own hearts. Amen.

Ian Oliver serves as pastor fo the University Church, Yale University

1 comment:

  1. I saw it in Magnificat, also. It's purely wonderful! I keep going back to it again and again. I'm am often blessed by the meditations in "Magnificat", but never more than by this one.