Gracious Lord, Child of Bethlehem,
As you were born into a family that had to flee as refugees,
help us to grow in solidarity with immigrants and refugees everywhere,
to know we are all refugees until our hearts find refuge in you.
As it was workers, the shepherds, who first came to know you,
the carpenter’s son, let us remember the dignity of human labor,
that you share a special love for those who work hard for their sustenance.
Let us honor you in work and prayer.
As you were adored by the Magi who came from far-off nations to honor you,
let us bring to all nations the good news that is your love.
As your coming was joyfully sung by angels,
let us celebrate the gift of newborn children
and honor that gift with our loving care.
As you were denied any birthplace but a stable,
help us to open our homes, our lives, our hearts
to the coming of God and his presence in your people.
Be born into our world, dear Lord, and be born into the cradle of our hearts.
~ adapted from Catholic Relief Services, Prayer by Edward O’N Hoyt