A reflective prayer by Craig Marlow
You are the Alpha and the Omega,
You have no beginning or end.
You created the laws of physics and time to govern us,
While you yourself are not governed by them.
Yet you chose to send your Son to us from Heaven.
You sent him to be bound by those same limitations.
To live life among us, your creation,
In order to feel the same things that we feel-
Physical and emotional pain,
Vulnerability, love, friendship, joy,
And to be tempted by the same things that we are.
You did this for one reason and one reason only.
How do you reach your ungrateful creation?
How do you reach the hardened, self-centered hearts and souls of men?
How do you turn a nation, a world, from their inward desires,
To the real purpose of this life?
The only way is to lead by example.
You showed love that goes beyond any human understanding.
You showed humility in its purest sense,
By binding yourself to those laws
And suffering at the hands of that which you created.
Jesus’s birth is all mankind’s hope.
It is our hope and our redemption.
In the ultimate act of love and humility,
You allowed your Son to be at the mercy of the rules that we are governed by.
You allowed your son to be judged and tortured at the hand of man, your creation.
It shows us how big you really are.
How loving you really.
How wise you really are.
Thank you, Lord God, for leading us by your ultimate example;
For making yourself humbled to our level.
Help me to honor your gift by doing the same;
By rising above the mundane and meaningless aspects of this world.
In my life, let your gift not be in vain.
We invite you to join us as we celebrate Jesus- God’s wonderful, merciful Gift to us, at our Christmas Eve Candlelight Services.