Here’s a prayer of confession for Christmas. I can’t seem to find the name of the original author. If you know who wrote it, let me know so that I can give him/her appropriate credit.
Christmas Prayer of Confession
God, we confess that ours is still a world
In which Herod seems to rule:
The powerful are revered,
The visions of the wise are ignored,
The poor are afflicted
And the innocent are killed.
You show us that salvation comes
In the vulnerability of a child,
Yet we hunger for the “security” of weapons and walls.
You teach us that freedom comes in love of service,
Yet we trample on others in our efforts to be “free.”
Forgive us, God, when we look to the palace
Instead of the stable,
When we heed politicians more than prophets.
Renew us with the spirit of Bethlehem,
That we may be better prepared for your coming.
~ author unknown. Posted on the website of the First Congregational Church of Greenwich. http://www.fccog.org/