I spoke at our church Advent service on Sunday night and I closed with this prayer. May it be a prayer for you this season too.
May we each of us be carried with care and love through this season.
God we stand at the edge of this season of wonder. All around us there are noisy carols playing, and family expectations, and things that demand our attention.
Jesus some of us feel as though we have been in the desert for a long time and we’re beginning to wonder if that star has made us a false promise. We’re tired, we’re disappointed, maybe we’re even angry and fearful. Remind us God that we are called to a stable not a palace. Remind us God that we are welcome however far we feel from you tonight.
Holy Spirit – would you breath on us tonight. Would you help us to lay down the burdens we have and hear your voice encouraging us in. For those of us who are stuck in the palace would you give us courage to leave and seek the real king.
In this moment God we hold someone we love before you who seems far away, maybe we even hold ourself as someone far away and we carry them in our heart with us to the stable.
God would you give us back a Christmas of wonder? Would you forgive us for forgetting and make our memories bright with all that you are.
God we give you permission to surprise us again. Help us receive you and love you this Christmas.
For you Jesus are our greatest gift.