on the ninth day of Christmas (January 2, 2018), my True Love gave to me the gift of liberty

Note: These prayers, one for each day of the twelve-day Christmas season, in which my True Love is God, follow the pattern of that well-known 18th century English carol with a number of the days illumined by the observances of the Church calendar.

O gracious God, Your servant Joseph, betrothed to Mary, finding her to be with child, pondering long what to do, deigning not to put her to public disgrace, determined to dismiss her quietly. One of Your angels spake unto him, “Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit…a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins”(1) – this word of grace liberating Joseph from his doubt to become Mary’s husband and the earthly father of the One through Whom Your salvation would come.

How often, O gracious God (yea, surely, You know), when I consider this life, I find myself bound by the fetters of my doubt about goodness in the world…in others…in me…in You.

By Your same Holy Spirit, may my heart…make my heart hearken anew unto Your soulful, sole word of emancipation: Jesus – “God saves”! And by Your same Holy Spirit, open my eyes to behold the darkness of doubt dispelled by Your liberating Light that I may be…that I will be free and free, indeed!



(1) See Matthew 1.18-25

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