Oh Immanuel, God with us, truly in this Advent
season we celebrate that you are not hidden in some faraway cloud, but you chose to be
with us in the blur and mystery of our lives. In the midst of lists and rush, you are with
us as a song that echoes in our minds, as the light of a candle, as a card from a friend.
They are signs of your presence. We turn to you this season and pray that you
would birth joy and healing, blessing and hope in us. Let something wonderful begin in us — something surprising and holy. May your hand be upon us. Let your love fill
us. Let your joy overwhelm us. Let our longing for you be met on a coming
holy night. Immanuel with us once again. Amen.