And, in these days when we do our best to live in and to turn our lives in the direction of Christmas, we ask this, O God…
May whatever hope we hold onto in the midst of the darkness and the uncertainty which surrounds us, may that hope be our prayer.
May whatever ache we feel and whatever tears we shed for those we miss or those for whom we mourn, may our heart ache be our prayer.
May the anguish we feel for those broken places in our world and those whose lives have been disrupted or displaced by violence or hatred or abuse or indifference, may our anguish and anger also be our prayer.
May the dream we hold onto and the promise in which we place our trust be our prayer.
And, added to all of that, O God…
May our lives, ordinary as they are, be our prayer.
A Light to those who live in the darkness.
Compassion to those who have been forgotten.
Your presence walking around in our shoes.
Not just today as we look towards Christmas
But, each day and every day.
And, each moment and every moment.
May it be so, O God. May it be so.