Lord, hear our prayer:
On this Sunday of Advent,
We ask that you would help us to calm ourselves,
To slow down in this busy season
And become more in touch with your presence in the midst of our lives.
Please free us from the grip of money and stuff – the great distractions to you.
Please help us to find You in this season of reflection.
Lord, forgive us for not making room for you.
Forgive us for living so quickly from one thing to the next without stopping to listen;
Without stopping to say thank you.
Brother Jesus, forgive us for forgetting that this season is all about you.
Forgive us for forgetting to prepare the way for you.
Help us to make room for you, Jesus.
Help us to know how we can prepare for you in our lives.
Thank you, God, for the Advent season!
Thank you for the celebration that is upon us!
And thank you for the expression of your love in Jesus, our Lord, our Savior, and our brother.
Be with us in the coming weeks as we prepare the way for you.