St. Mary Magdalene Bolney

• Welcoming

WELCOMING          • Listening         • Watching          • Waiting           • Reflection

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without presents nor the moment of excitement as gifts are unwrapped or stockings emptied. It takes a bit of time, but we can’t enjoy the gift until we’ve done it.

Prayer is a kind of unwrapping. As we pray we begin to receive a gift from God, gradually and gently, and it is every bit as exciting as opening the very best of Christmas presents.

   Prayer is so much more than telling God what I need or what I would like him to do. Rather, it is allowing God to show me what he is longing to give me and what his love is already doing in the world. Prayer is discovery and welcome, and that’s what makes it wonderful.

Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth’s unborn baby jumps for joy, and Mary sings a song of wonder for all that God is doing in the world. Mary begins to see what the gift she is carrying, the baby who will be born and called Jesus, will bring.

Mary welcomes the gift of God’s love that will turn the world upside down.


And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed.’  

Read:  Luke 1. 46-55


How might you, in this week, discover and welcome more of God’s gift to you?

As you pray this week, pray with open hands, to receive what God gives.


Taken from #GodWithUs: Your Christmas Journey 
Written by John Kiddle and published by Church House Publishing in association with soul[food]
Copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2017
#GodWithUs is part of the Church of England’s Reform and Renewal programme.