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He’s Here! | An Advent Prayer

December 25, 2012

Amy Gilbaugh

All the waiting,
All the longing,
All the seeking,
All the looking,
Culminates in the One who was promised.

And He’s here!

You’re here!
You’re here!
We want to scream and clap our hands!
We want to run and shout aloud!
“You’re here! We’ve been waiting!
And You’re here!”

But that doesn’t seem quite appropriate this night.
Not here in this stable.
The teenage mother motions for quiet,
And motions for us to come nearer still.

And kneeling on this hay,
We sit in silent awe of the way
You keep Your promises.
We wonder at the way
heaven has broken into earth.

This isn’t what we expected …

but here, beside the manger,
we are well assured,
it is all true.

It is all true!

All the stories of old,
All the mysteries unknown,
All the ways unseen,
Are more than true.

They’re here.

Hi, friend. I'm Amy. Mostly, I’m just another twenty-something trying to figure out the stuff of life. I am a nerdy seminary student who loves the smell of old books and early mornings in the library. I am an artist wanabee, a liberal to the conservative and conservative to the liberal, guilty social justice groupie, and a recovering Bible know-it-all with the unreal ability to put my foot in my mouth an astonishing number of times each day. I am a sister to eight of the most hysterical creatures ever created. Good theology, used book stores, and autumn make me giddy. I preach passionately, think deeply, and ask too many questions. I write prayers, poetry and prose. I write about preaching bad and good, gender roles in the Church, the sacraments, stupid things we do on Sunday, politics, and almost everything else that you are not supposed to discuss in polite company. I also blog at oneyellowbird.blogspot.com. Welcome to the journey.

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