When we are dazzled by the Christmas decorations, help us see the Light of the world in the manger. When we are enthralled by the beautiful carols, help us clearly hear the angels proclaiming Good News of a Great Joy. When we enjoy our cherished traditions, help us embrace the reality of the Incarnation. When we are excited about the coming of Christmas, help us prepare for Your amazing gift.

Yes, Lord, help us. Help us be ready for Your mysterious coming as one of us in the muckiness of real life with real love that really changes everything. And, then, help us know that You come again and again and again into our lives to embrace us as we are healing us from the inside out.

Yes, Lord, help us. For we are ready. So very ready.

Right now.