Gracious Lord, Let your goodness reveal itself to us, that we, made in your image,
may conform ourselves to it. We cannot imagine your majesty, power and wonder
on our own; nor is it fitting for us to try. But your kindness and mercy reach
from the heavens, through the clouds, to the earth below to show us the fruits of your
Incarnation. You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the
greatest of all gifts, the gift of your eternal love. Caress us with your tiny hands,
embrace us with your tiny arms, and soften our hearts with your tender voice
so that we might respond as humble stewards of your active presence in the world.
We pray this through Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
Adapted from a prayer by
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux�