Christmas Message from Ron
RevRonRobinson at aol.com
RevRonRobinson at aol.com
Wed Dec 24 11:52:14 EST 2003
Greetings to all on the eve of Christmas.
Thank you for participating in the Great Conversation we engage in through
our very presence as the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship, and
particularly for the form that conversation takes in our online forums.
Thank you on behalf of the Board of Directors of the UUCF. And, from the
membership of the UUCF and our friends, thank you to those serving as Directors,
and those who have served in our leadership in the past. Personal blessings and
thanks also to our UUCF administrator, Ms. Kris Cummings.
I pray that all have been touched in the depths of your lives and your souls
enriched by being a part of the mission of the UUCF. Ours is but one stream in
the River of God's Spirit moving through time and our world, but it is an
important one. Please remember the UUCF in your prayers, your end-of-year giving,
and commend us to others who want to learn more and experience more about
being a part of the free, inclusive, progressive, and vibrant good news of our
For you today, A Christmas Prayer by Vivian Pomeroy (1883-1961) published in
his New Prayers in Old Places, republished in the UUCF UU Christian special
issue, vol. 44, no. 2, 1989, Unitarian Prayers.
"God of all the Ages and of the Dayspring within these hearts of ours, we
bless your name for the story of long ago which becomes our story, too, and shall
touch with its glory the souls of men and women forever. We praise you for
the good tidings of great joy through thy wondrous Child.
We think of the babe, so small and tender, lying in the straw of the manger
among the patient beasts...and we pray that we may so reverence the life within
ourselves that we may not injure bird or beast in malice or carelessness, or
for the sake of vanity; but having tenderness for all innocent things may we
rejoice in the friendship of faithful creatures.
We think of that night of waiting, amid the haste and noise ofthe time, when
Mary Mother lay listening to the hurried footsteps of travelers and all the
rough sounds of the inn. And we pray for all the mothers of babes soon to be
born; and pray that compassion may be upon all young children, for fear that in
our greedy tumult and blind speed we bring upon ourselves the condemnation of
those who cause little ones to perish.
We think of the Wise Men, who came with their gifts, following the star. And
we pray that today the knowledge and power which we have gained by discovering
the secrets of earth and sky may be devoted to the good of the world and not
its evil, and may be used to save life and not to destroy it. We pray that the
children of the future may escape the doom of war, and that all people may
come togetheer within the City of the Light.
We think of the shepherds, who heard the glad tidings while doing their daily
work, abiding in the field, and we pray for all toilers to whom this happy
season means weary hands and feeet and long hours of labor. May they be visited
by the strong comfort which has its abiding place in common things! And we
pray for those in distress because no one has hired them. May they find refuge in
the help of others; and may all the world have new hope!
We think of all who heard the song in the night, sounding faint and far away.
And we pray for those who will keep their Christmas in strange places and
away from their dear homes. We pray for those upon whom the enchanted season
throws a shadow of happy years gone by. May they light candles of patience,
kindness and grateful memory, even when there are dark corners in their hearts. So
may all our separations show us how far love can reach, and our broken circles
teach us how closely love can bind.
God of all the Ages and of the Light that lights every one, we bless your
holy name; and, with the multitude of the heavenly host and with the magnitude of
the lowly ones of earth, we praise you, saying: Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward all."
Blessings to all. May the celebration of the birth of Jesus bring you peace
and healing, and may it lead to a birth of new hope in your life and in your
community. And through you may the Light of Christ's Spirit of joy and love and
freedom for all shine like the brightest star in the heavens.
Executive Director, UUCF
founded in 1945
an independent affiliate of the UUA, witnessing to the story and liberating
power of Christianity within free religion, and to the story and liberating
power of free religion within Christianity
"Sir, We Wish To See Jesus" (John 12:21)
P.O. Box 629
Lancaster, MA 01523
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