Lord, let me
experience your coming into my heart today.
Lord, I want
to embrace the gift of peace you are offering me.
slow me down.
Forgive me my
impatience, my judgements, my jealousies, my greed and any way I make strained
relationships even worse.
Help me be sensitive
to the needs, struggles, pain of others today.
Give me the
courage to offer gestures of peace and love and reconciliation, where they
are needed today.
Help me chew
the message of your coming today: into poverty, to enter my own experience,
to be truly
Prepare my heart
today, O Lord, that I may be open to the graces you offer, particularly
in the struggles, the dryness, the sadness and the conflict.
Only you know
how serious this illness is, my Lord. With the grace of your coming
this Christmas, prepare my soul to begin to surrender to you, that I might
live in this world more and more with my heart set on the banquet you have
prepared for me, when you come to bring me home to you for ever.
Lord, I so want
to be a source of light and peace for my family and friends. Keep
me centered on the mercy and peace you offer me, that I may love them with
great joy and tenderness.
Lord, you know
my heart, with all its mystery and complexity. Please let me know
my desires, let me know what I need, let me humbly ask you for your graces
these precious days ahead.