During our faith formation program on Saturday, our kids had the opportunity to learn about the deeper meaning of Advent–a season of recognizing the Lord in our midst, of readying the way for the Lord, and of giving Jesus to others. Each boy and girl got a small gift to wrap; they then went to seek out someone to give that gift to, someone who would never otherwise receive a gift.
Lord God, in this Advent season of preparation, we remember the many years that God’s people waited in the hope of the Messiah’s coming. As we ready ourselves to celebrate the birth of that Messiah, open our hearts to seeking you through prayer and service to our neighbor. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.