is God's shocking insistence that flesh and blood like ours
be the medium of God's Word.
no lofty vision,
no finely wrought dogma,
no sacred tradition can mollify the shock of this truth:
As one of us
The Word comes to dwell among us
and within us,
as a newborn child,
May our flesh and blood too be made the route of Christ's continuing self-gift
to our world
in words and deeds of love and truth,
mercy and indignation,
healing and forgiveness.
Let us dare to welcome the Word.
The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold
The Episcopal Church, USA
Presiding Bishop's 2005 Christmas Message
December 19, 2005