as we prepare for your coming.
let us reflect on the journey your earthly parents took.
They were tired and alone,
yet there was no room for them at the inn.
There was no one to lend a helping hand.
Lord help us to recognize those who may need our help or love this Christmas.
Let us pray for those who have none.
We pray that those without loved ones will still share in the season’s blessings.
We especially pray for those who feel forgotten and unloved.
Lord, break our hearts for what break yours.
Help us to see with your eyes.
Serve with your hands, and to give of the talents and treasures you have blessed us with.
We implore you, O Lord, to stretch forth your paternal arms to anyone feeling the sting of loneliness or pang of sadness this Christmas season.
Please bring them into your love and peace.