Lord,

We’ve awakened again and continue our journey to the manger. It’s so tempting to treat it as something routine. Or sentimental. Or worse, as a religiously wrapped observance that actually fails to make it all the way into our hearts.

So today, may we journey to Your heart that made its way into the manger. Let it overwhelm us with grace. Give ourselves to it. Trust it completely.  Live in it 365 days a year. Invite it to transform us. And manifest it as we deal with those who are hurting, broken, suffering, desperate and oppressed.

We pray this with some uncertainty and fear. But also with far more longing, anticipation and hope. 

O come, o come, Emmanuel!