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Sunday, December 23, 2018

A prayer for Christmas preparations

We praise you, God,
 we praise you, for your Name is near;
 people tell of your wonderful deeds (Ps 75:1)

... your name is like perfume poured out (SS 1:3b)

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, 
he gave the right to become children of God (Jn 1:12)

Lord Jesus,

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 Celtic Daily Prayer Book Two, page 985.

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