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When family and friends gather at our home for Christmas or Thanksgiving, I compose a prayer for the occasion. It usually coincides with themes that are engaging me at the moment. Here is what I plan to pray this Christmas day:

Almighty and Eternal God,
      infinite and holy,
      whose being genius cannot fathom,
      whose works galaxies cannot contain,

Before you we gratefully come, celebrating the day
      when you, the Almighty, did not count omnipotence a thing to be grasped,
      when Eternity played by the calendar,
      when Infinity was checked by gravity,
      when Holiness mixed it up with sinners,
      when the Creator of intergalactic space
            became a body
            and moved into our neighborhood.

Today we revel in the revelation       that we who were light-years distant              have been drawn to you as breath in lungs,          that we who had lost touch             can now feel the wounds in your hands and feet,             brushing up against the holy body that bore the sins of the world,             and the cold ...

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In "SoulWork," Mark Galli brings news, Christian theology, and spiritual direction together to explore what it means to be formed spiritually in the image of Jesus Christ.
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