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God, we are as confounded as Joseph and Mary, as busy as the innkeepers, as lonely as the shepherds, as frightened as Herod, as wayfaring as the Magi. Turn us again to the place where, with quietness, you wrap up your truth and promise, your love and salvation in the Child born in a rude stable. We would ponder these things as the noise and clamor of the world is stilled for a time there is a peace that settles deep within us. Bring us to Bethlehem, to the place where he was homeless but where we are truly at home. —from The Unsettling Season by Donald J. Shelby; quoted in A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People by Rueben P. Job & Norman Shawchuck

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