Lord our Light,
The pressure of the season surrounds us. Our facades of fake joy crumble as we experience the stress that comes with our cultural expectations. We try and try and try to find joy apart from you, to find identity in ourselves and not in You. We concern ourselves with the shadows as you beckon us towards the light.
Have mercy on us, Lord.
When we run towards performance and pageantry, help us to seek knownness, vulnerability, and intimacy. Show us how to trust that the Light is far greater than the dark and guide us away from the shadows.
You are the Light of the world. Help us to believe and live out that truth in this Advent season. May the joy of your eternal gladness forever be proclaimed, even in the midst of darkness. To you be all glory and honor and praise.