Lord,

We are realistic enough to know Christmas has already arrived. Black Friday, TV specials, music blaring on the radio and those cars decorated with Christmas Wreaths on their grills all make that abundantly clear. And yet, Lord, we long for more. So much more.

We long for a holy Advent.

To see beneath the glitter of the season to the hope you offer in the Incarnation.

To prepare our hearts and lives for the coming of Your Son, our Savior and Lord, in the strangest and most unexpected of ways.

To experience a deeper relationship with Emmanuel who has come, is present and will come again.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,

Amen.