October of 1993 I wrote the sentiment below as my earnest Advent Prayer. It still holds true now in December of 2020.
Self as Manger © Molly Lin Dutina Here am I, stuff of earth But by the Spirit's power rebirth has brought me receptivity. Fill me with Yourself. Molded by Your Holy Hand I wait before You Cupped and ready, cleansed, atoned eager for Your radiant touch Virtue compelled to enfold Your own the vessel of Your making. Here am I, stuff of earth yielded for Messiah's birth be it unto me, O Lord, as in Your word and will. The Great I AM dwells in my heart there to impart the power courage and propulsion His dream to be fulfilled.
Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”Luke 1:38a NRSV