University City United Church
Thoughtful Tuesday
Preparing for Worship
Focus Scriptures:
Isaiah 9:2-7
Luke 1:39-45

The sense of touch,
when we reach out and hold the hand of another,
the pokey needles of the Christmas tree,
the crunchy hay in a manger,
the smooth feel of a Christmas ornament,
holding a wee baby in our arms.

Something happens when we connect with an item through touch.
There is, for most of us, the sensation in our hands and fingers,
but also something that happens inside us,
in our hearts.

This Advent, as we prepare for the birth of the Christ child,
don’t be afraid to notice the things you are holding.
Take in the feels
– both the physical feels and the emotional feels –
of the season.


May God protect us from our foes
like candles from the past.
As Faith unites, and gives, and welds
the essence that will last.
To give and take,
and feel and love,
is that which we must treasure.
The Faith in it shines brighter than
a mortal eye can measure.

Prayer/Poem by Joseph L. Byron