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Gift-Giving God

We celebrate the many gifts of God to us in this Christmas Eve prayer by Kay Northcutt.



            Christmas Eve

Gift-giving God,

we come to this night of mystery and birth,

our hearts are over-full with

inexpressible gratitude


We have gathered here to bear witness to

love so amazing, so divine,

that nothing in our lives

is able to remain the same


For this is the night

all things

are made



We long, God, to cling to you so wholly

and hungrily that

we will conquer the frailty in us

which chooses self over neighbor


We listen to stories of terrified shepherds

prostrate before the songs of angels.

And we find ourselves wanting and dreading

that same kind of transforming terror

for our lives


We long to love you, god,

until the gifts you have given us—

food, clothing, shelter, and our talents, too—

become in our hands as the sustaining rain in your hands:

gently falling on everyone, the earth, all creation,

water of life for all peoples


For as Christ's birth was marked by receiving

strangers' visits and gifts from the wise ones,

we will continue

to celebrate his birth

through bringing gifts

and welcoming the stranger


On this Christmas Eve,

more than any other desire,

we urgently thirst

to be your people,

recognized as the body of Christ,

devoted to Emmanuel, God-with-us,

heads bowed before the babe, the child of Mary.

Let it be, God. Let it be



 Kay Bessler Northcutt, Praying by Heart: Prayers for Personal Devotion and Public Worship (Cleveland, OH: United Church Press, 1998), 13-14.  Used by permission.

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