God in a Manger by Suellen Shay

God in a Manger by Suellen Shay

A God who becomes flesh,
God omnipotent, yet God Emmanuel, God with us,
God almighty, come as an unexpected baby to a poor unmarried couple,
Visited by shepherds, by foreigners,
Refugees, on the run, separated from home and family.

We praise you, God, for this Christmas story.
Burn it into our hearts, not for its sentimentality,
For its stirring reminder to us of where we are most likely to find Christ today:
Not where we expect him – in sermon, and song, and religious display,
But where there is poverty of spirit, where there is hunger for more,
Where there is expectation for what is not yet seen.
There we will find Christ.
Give us seeking hearts on Christmas day for this Christ –
The one who continues to surprise us, astounds us.
Fill us with wonder and awe for this God,
The one who lies quietly in a manger.