Fourteenth Day of Advent
O God Who Comes,
We praise you that because you are love, you show us in all you do, but especially in what you have done and continue to do in Jesus Christ, what love is.
We praise you for showing us that love is suffering.
We praise you for showing us through the coming of Jesus to the world that love means suffering alongside, suffering with, and suffering for others.
Give us courage to love others so deeply that we will be ready and willing to sit with them in their suffering, to take their suffering onto ourselves, and to do all we can to reduce and to remove the conditions that lead to their suffering.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!