We come to you in prayer one day into the mystery.

Help us to scrape away the corrosive sin in our lives, help us to put aside all that is not you, and to reconcile the whole world to your care.

Let us remember how that begins where we are, with ourselves and our communities.

Send us polishing cloths, bandaids, and face masks, that we may polish the hearts of our families and neighbors, bind up the wounds of your people, breathe safely in the presence of your creation.

So much of our work is, well, work. Come to us as we prepare, as we make ready.

Sustain us. Give us the courage to peer around the edges of the mystery of Advent. Give us questioning minds, open eyes, broken and contrite hearts.

Show us the God who has not left us, and the Jesus who is coming again.


Alicia Hager resides in West Michigan and is a Postulant to the Sacred Order of Priests in the Episcopal Church. Alicia enjoys spending time with her daughters and her husband, is bonkers about her cats, and blogs at astrawberrypointe.wordpress.com.

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