Twelfth Day of Advent
O God Who Comes,
Thank you for coming to us in the challenges and crises of life. Thank you for the opportunity that such experiences give us to grow in our knowledge of you, of your grace, and of your ways.
When challenges arise and crises confront us, let our daily practice in developing a greater awareness of your presence result in an ability to turn immediately toward you and not away from you. Help us to engage in such a day-to-day—indeed, in a moment-to-moment—practice of cultivating an awareness of your presence so that when a crisis comes, we will turn naturally and confidently to you.
If a crisis or challenge comes because we have intentionally tried to live a sacrificial and service-oriented life—because we have intentionally tried to join Christ in his sufferings—then we thank you for the privileges of sharing in his sufferings and of knowing that he walks with us.
Even if the challenge or crisis comes to us randomly and not because of our intentionality, help us to be intentional in dealing with it as followers of the one who came not to be served but to serve.