Based on Luke 2:1-7 – the Innkeeper
Eternal God, we pray you will receive from us today the offerings we have brought in gratitude to you. We know that earth’s redemption is your goal, and so we hope we are always contributing in meaningful ways to that redemption – by what we give, by those we serve, by how we live, by the wideness of our welcome.
As we await the consummation of your dreams for our world, we pray for those whose pressing needs are in our hearts and on our minds – those near to us, and those whose needs we only know by report. We hold our hopes for them up to you now, in this moment of quiet reflection ….
And God, we also pray for your help for ourselves and our lives. If we find ourselves a little uncertain or cynical, if we are tempted to close the doors of our hearts, claiming there is no room for anything new to be born here, then gently nudge us to acknowledge you as the God of possibility. Show us all the compelling evidence of Christ’s spirit already present, already influencing our world with grace, and ready to offer yet more, if we will lower our lives’ barriers to let him in. Help us to recount all the little drops of grace that have already showered us across the years. Let us see that we are actually awash in grace. Strengthen us to fling open doors to make yet more room for it. Let us rejoice at the Good News that the long-awaited Messiah is prepared to come in and make a home among us.
Show us how we may be bearers of that Good News to others, until by sharing Christ’s Spirit, no corner of the world will have failed to feel the joyful impact of his presence and the healing miracle of his love.
We pray all these things with gratitude for our Messiah’s birth. Indeed, he is the one we have been waiting confidently for, the one we will make room for, the one we’ll leave the light on for – for he brings to us an bright, guiding, eternal light. Using now the very words he taught us to say when we pray, we say together: The Lord’s Prayer.