Advent 3: A Sabbath Meditation

O Lord, the gift of new life, new light, can be a gift truly only 
if we open ourselves to receive it. So this is our prayer, Lord: 
that thou wilt open our eyes to see thy glory in the coming again 
of light each day, open our ears to hear the angels' hymn in the 
stirring within us of joy at the coming of the child, open our 
hearts to the transforming power of thy love as it comes to us 
through the love of all those who hold us most dear and have 
sacrificed most for us.

— from “Come and See,” in Frederick Buechner, The Hungering Dark.

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