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!"
- Henri Nouwen
It is easier said than done to avoid the Christmas rush. Christmas parties, buying presents, preparing meals, fighting crowds – it can become a challenge instead of a celebration.
I would challenge us to use the above prayer to find some centering every day during Advent: to find some quiet amidst the loudness, to find some peace amidst the fray, and to find some joy amidst busy days and lives. Play some Christmas music. Instead of giving a gift in a box, take some time to take an old friend to lunch, or call a high school classmate on the phone.
In the midst of the darkness, the Light of Christ seeks to shine. Come, Lord Jesus!