Lord, as you dispelled
the fears of a maiden mother
by whispering the promise of your presence,
so banish the world’s misconceptions
about you and your ways.
Come to each of us.
Roll back the clouds of doubt and pessimism.
Fill our individual lives with servant love
and direct the nations to humble awareness;
for you are God,
rich in mercy,
strong in righteousness,
ready to make your home with us
now and for ever.
from Further Everyday Prayers
National Christian Education Council
the Lion Prayer Collection
Detail of stained glass ‘Motherhood’ Bute Hall University of Glasgow