“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).Matthew 1:23 (NIV)
be with us in the laughing chaotic unwrapping of gifts
be with us as we struggle to make ends meet
be with us in the joyous smiles on children’s faces
be with us in the longing for a child that has not yet come
be with us as we gather around the table
be with us in the grief for those missing at our feast
be with us in the exuberance of backyard cricket
be with us in the intense pain of continual illness
be with us as we snuggle exhausted little bundles into beds
be with us when we are all out of parenting ideas
be with us as we celebrate with the ones we love
be with us when those we love no longer love us
be with us as we rest from our busy year of work
be with us in the uncertainty of unemployment
be with us as we dream and plan for next year
be with us when we have no hope for the future
be with us when we know where we are going
be with us when we no longer know the answers
be with us as we embark on a new adventure
be with us as we chose to rest and recover
be with us when you feel so close that we can almost touch you
be with us when we’re not even sure if you care anymore
be with us when we know exactly what words to say
be with us when ‘be with us’ is all we can say
This prayer is from Jodie’s new book Grace and Space. Merry Christmas to all our kin readers and peace be with you.
Love this beautiful prayer, Jodie. Perfect for the season. Xxx
Thanks Elaine and Merry Christmas xx
Beautiful and sensitive prayer. Puts much into perspective. Thanks!
Merry Christmas and peace be with you Tina.
And Thank you
As you be with me …ugly crying with grief til I hurt. You know what it’s like . You sent your son and He died
May his arms of comfort wrap around you Andrea as you grieve.
Thank you Jodie for reminding us of HIS precious words to us…”I will NEVER leave you or forsake you” & “I will be with you ALWAYS even to the end of the world”. Oh praise & thank JESUS we need never ever ask HIM for that which already is….. HE is with us always❣✝️🕊
Thanks Lucy and Happy New Year to you and yours.