I continued to meditate on John 1 this week, and as part of my worship this Advent season, and wanting to share, I have written this prayer looking forward and back to Christmas.
I hope these words can help you as you center your spirit on Jesus this Advent season. As the church, we await Jesus’ appearing, and in the meantime we join with him in being present to the rest of the world. I hope you will join with me as I try to join with you and the rest of Christ’s body this Christmas in giving the gift of presence to God’s creation.
Let us pray.
Lord Jesus, light and life, we praise you for giving the gift of yourself to the world, coming to us when we could not come to you, bringing light into the darkness.
You entered the world and became part of the creation you had made. Help us to see you all around us and to follow your example of presence.
Thank you, Jesus, for the privilege of being part of your family and the opportunity to become children of God, born into new life based on your gift.
You are worthy to be praised because of your willingness to humble yourself to become one of us. Help us go to the place where you send us so that we can share what you have given us.
Out of your fullness, we are filled. Out of your grace, we are empowered. Out of your love, we are given all good things.
We see the Father through you, and we know God because you have made yourself known to us.
Help us to come and be present to others, just as you came into the world and will yet come again. Come, Lord Jesus.