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)
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.