I mean, for real. This time of year is oh so fun and oh so special, but it can be downright draining at times too. Just checking my email makes me tired. And my guess is that right about now your Inbox looks a lot like mine – a bulging, crazy crowded mess, brimming with beckonings of shopping and last minute sales.
So in light of all the hustle and bustle, I thought we might need a bit of a break from it all. A breath of fresh air granting rest to our rushed worn-out souls.
May these words infuse hope, tugging us toward intentionality and perspective, drawing us back to the arms of the One who anchors the holiday. The reason we celebrate.
So this prayer is for us all. The wanting. The waiting. The worn. An utterance of thankfulness and a petition for peace, that this weary world may rejoice once again.
We come to You weary – from our growing lists, gluttonous desires, and the endless ads that have invaded our hands and our homes.
We admit to You our tendency to be drawn toward the shiny, blinded to the reality of Your Son and deafened to the truth of Your Word.
We give You, the Author of all, the chaos, the noise, the squeezing finances, and any stressful holiday situations or relationships.
We ask for forgiveness, Father, for our selfishness. Our distraction. And for hearts that have veered away from real joy – rooted in the reality of Your Son.
Help us to unswervingly delight in the precious wonder of the Gift, Jesus. Remembering Him rather than focusing on our own efforts and to-dos.
Father, we admit we have been drawn toward trite platitudes over a heartfelt declaring of Your goodness… When our planning has overwhelmed and budgets have been blown. When we’ve gone over the top to impress others rather than pursuing Your heart. Forgive us, please.
Thank You for Your provision and Your protection. Thank You for Your presence that fills our lives and satisfies our hearts to overflowing.
May we do whatever it takes to extend grace and encourage peace in our hurting aching world. And may Your praise drip abundantly from our lips.
In our celebrations and our savoring, be glorified, Father.
Realign our hearts with Yours, we pray.
In Jesus’ name,