Thank you for the Nativity celebration

Nativity in Iraqi Kurdistan

Lord Jesus, we thank you that you,
   the eternal Word of God,
   became flesh and dwelt among us.
Thank you for the Nativity celebration,
   that you identified with all our joys and sorrows
   and revealed your Father to us.
You, who are the exact representation
   of the unapproachable God
   shared his message with us
   and were able to remain fully God
   while becoming full man.
Thank you for the signs around us
   that remind us of you –
      the Christmas tree pointing toward heaven
   and the lights remind us
      that you are the light of the world.

James S. Bell, Jr., American publisher and author


Long ago, at many times and in many ways,
   God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,
but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son,
   whom he appointed the heir of all things,
   through whom also he created the world.
He is the radiance of the glory of God
   and the exact imprint of his nature,
   and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.

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