Based on Micah 5:2-5a and Matthew 24:30-37
Eternal God, a season of wonder and watching and waiting is upon us. As we wait for the fulfillment of the great hope of your Son’s coming, God, help us to prepare a fitting place in our lives for Him. Let us consider what we may give of ourselves and what we make of ourselves. Let our giving be guided by the pattern you offered – simple, humble, self-giving. And let us now and always aspire to shape ourselves into followers worthy of your son, our Messiah. Help us as we strive to demonstrate the pattern of faithfulness which he did – through lives marked by generosity, integrity, kindness, and hope.
In this season of Advent waiting, O God, a holy and expectant season, teach us to trust in your timing. Help us to see as we wait in this season, and as we, and so many others, wait through all the successive seasons of life, that you stand near to sustain us and uphold us, day by day. Through challenges and difficulties, joys and blessings, You are never far from your people, God. You are a giver of gifts – good gifts both large and small. We give you thanks for these - and especially the gift of hope that Christ is ever near.
We have savored his presence here among us in bread and cup today – and we still look with wonder toward the day of his birth, for his presence then will be as real to us as a newborn’s cry, and as tender as a new mother’s tears of joy. We pray as those who wait with sure and certain faithfulness. And we use now the very words of Your Son, as we sing together…(Sung Lord’s Prayer)