AS WE WIND our way to the infant of Bethlehem, whose heart beats with the intensity of God’s compassion for us, may our hearts grow strong in love for all that God has made. As this happens, we will know in our own experience the fulfillment of a prayer written by a hermit of ancient Syria: “Grant me, Lord, at this time a mind filled with the love of you, and one that bears a knowledge of you, an intellect filled with insight into you, and a pure heart in which the light of the vision of you shines out.”
—John S. Mogabgab, The Wondrous Mystery: An Advent Reader (Upper Room Books, 2019)
“Open my eyes, so that I may behold wondrous things.”
—Psalm 119:18 (NRSV)
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