by Maria Kane
We have hung stockings, mailed cards, and decorated the tree,
but our hearts remain restless for your coming.
We hear the voice of your prophet, O, Lord: Cry out! Prepare the way!
How, God, do we prepare for the birth of a king, the Prince of Peace?
Do we bow at his feet? Do we hide our faces in the presence of such glory?
In a world searching for easy answers and quick fixes, remind us of the gift of stillness.
Lord, we need your Spirit of peace to calm our anxious hearts.
Help us remember that you do not ask us to come as perfect people,
only as people longing for your salvation.
In our frenzy, may we never forget that Christ has already prepared us a place with you.
We give you thanks that we are never alone.
Maria Kane is an Episcopal priest, writer, and historian of American religion. This fall, she began she began serving as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Waldorf, MD. Her greatest joy is being godmother to her two young godchildren.
Credit: Advent/Christmas prayers by Maria Kane. © 2014 Alive Now. Permission granted to use in corporate worship settings. From November/December 2014 Alive Now. Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room.
"As the survivor of childhood trauma, I’ve come a long way in my healing process. This is thanks in part to years of therapy, a lot of hard work, and an incredible support network of family and friends. More so, it’s the result of learning to be still with God, to offer up my pain for God to transform, and to realize I am God’s beloved. I’m now in a place of peace, one that has stayed with me for several years now."