Lord,

Christmas is getting closer and closer. It will finally come. But then quickly be gone. And for far too many, all that will be left are needles in the carpet, boxes in the recycle bin and a sense of emptiness.

Prepare us – and all people – to experience the birth of Your Son so personally that He can never be boxed up and put away. Prepare us – and all people – to experience Your Incarnation so powerfully that we can do nothing but join the angels in singing our praises of “Good News about a great joy” not just a few weeks a year, but every day for all eternity! Prepare us – and all people – to experience the mystery of what You have done so wondrously that we can look into the face of that baby in a manger and see You.

We pray this with humility, anticipation and hope in the name of that One You have shared with us and all people.

Amen.