Fourteenth Day of Advent
Our worship and our prayers at this time of year focus on your coming; we look forward to the celebration of your coming in the birth of Jesus, we look forward to your coming in his return in glory, and we try to be more attentive than usual to new, different, and even unexpected ways in which you want to come to us here and now.
As a part of our looking for you to come to us here and now we remind ourselves that you sometimes come to us in other people. You come to us in those who can offer your love to us—who give us a cup of cold water in your name—when we need it and you come to us in those to whom we can offer your love—those who, when we minister to them, we minister to you—when they need it.
Remind us that others are praying the same kinds of prayers we are praying and that they are looking for you to come to them here and now just as we are.
Remind us that while they might be the answer to our prayer—that you might come to us through them—that we might be the answer to their prayer—that you might come to them through us.
So while we are watching for how you will come, help us also to watch for how we should go ...