After an early freeze this year, there is more intense color in our Texas Gulf Coast trees than I remember seeing in 20 years. These Bradford pear leaves glisten in cold drizzle, their red and green echoing Christmas colors appearing inside our home. As I turn the pages of our calendar and my Advent readings, I feel called to Christmas, beckoned to astonishment once again.
Prayer from the Unsettlng Season, by Donaald J. Shelby
“Lord, the calendar calls for Christmas. We have traveled this way before.During this Advent season we would see what we have never seen before, accept what we have refused to think, and hear what we need understand. Be with us in our goings that we may meet you in your coming. Astonish us until we sing “Glory!” and then enable us to live it out with love and peace. In the name of your Incarnate Word, even Jesus Christ. Amen”