Twelfth Day of Advent
We are watching for your coming to us in the celebration of the birth of your Son, in his second coming, and in his coming to us right here and right now.
How will we react when you come?
Will we react with laughter born of relief and joy?
Will we react with tears born of sorrow and repentance?
Will we react with ambivalence born of apathy and insensitivity?
Will we react with awe born of humility and wonder?
How will we react when you come? Perhaps it depends on how we prepare for your coming.
So help us to prepare for your coming by growing in our willingness and ability to keep our lives open to your coming to us in whatever ways you choose to come to us. Help us to prepare by engaging in disciplines and practices—worship, prayer, study, and service, among others— that will help us to keep our hearts and minds constantly aware of you and constantly ready for you. Help us to prepare for your “big” comings by faithfully responding to you in your “little” comings and especially in the ways you come to us in other people who need our help and who can help us.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!