In the midst of all the noise this season, we need a respite. A moment to stop, reflect, and pray. We need an interlude to prepare our heart, mind, and soul for the amazing. This short prayer, beautiful in its simplicity, can be a touchstone for us as we prepare ourselves for Christmas.
Master of both the light and the darkness,
send Your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear Your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward to Your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of Your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are Your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To You we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”
Joel Mason, “A prayer for Christmas preparations” in St. Stephen’s Prayer Book, as mentioned in Celtic Daily Prayer Book Two, page 985.