God of shepherds, star and angel voices,
we confess that we haven’t given much thought
to the impossible.
We are too busy living the
planned and the predictable.
In our families, our vocations
and our social circles, we have
everything possible scheduled,
and there is little time or energy left
for anything else.
We pray that you will find a way
to reach us in spite of our busyness—
that you’ll forgive our shortsightedness
and our unimaginativeness.
In your abundant mercy,
surprise us again this year with
the gift of Immanuel—God with us. Amen.
© 2012 Todd Jenkins