As we enter into the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, right on the heels of the shortest Advent possible, here are two offerings that might sustain you if you find yourself weary and depleted from all you do to make this time of year special for those you love. May the first gift of the Christ-Child this year be rest and renewal for you so you may continue to be a gift for all you meet in the New Year.
The first offering is a prayer I wrote when I was feeling overwhelmed in ministry. The second offering is a poem by John O’Donohue that my friend, Jason Lewis, shared. May these two texts accompany you in the days ahead.
Prayer When You Have Nothing Left to Give
Lord, I have nothing left to give.
I’m exhausted and worn out.
Yet so many still ask for more.
Grant me that last ounce of strength
that sustained you on the cross
and allowed you to give
one last word of forgiveness,
that I may be gentle
with others and with myself.
And when that too is spent,
help me stay present even in my emptiness,
and let my presence be
the first and last gift
I have to give.