Oh Lord,

We spend so much of our time and energy just getting through life. But we long for more. Much more. So in these days before Christmas we wait for Jesus who has come in Your love, who is at work all around us right now unleashing Your love, and who will come again to bring to fruition Your love in our lives and the world.  

As we wait, get us ready. Whenever our hearts hurt, create space in them for the coming of Jesus whose love heals all brokenness. Whenever our spirits become weary, prepare them for the coming of Jesus whose love makes all things new. Whenever our souls begin to dry up, get them ready for the coming of Jesus whose love makes our souls whole.  

Yes, Lord, we wait. Sometimes imperfectly. Often impatiently. But we know deep in our souls that You are at work getting us ready to receive Your gift of love – Jesus.  

So for this and everything, we give You thanks and praise in the strong name of Jesus.

Amen.