Note: I don’t think I’ve ever been this tired in my entire life. Working 136 hours in two weeks will do that to a person. Plus, I have some sort of allergy/sinus/cold crud that is extremely annoying.
I just finished watching A Charlie Brown Christmas again. As always, I loved it.
As always, I got a little emotional when Charlie Brown thinks he’s killed his little Christmas tree. He says, “Everything I touch gets ruined.”
Have you ever felt that way? Maybe about relationships? Careers? Hopes?
This Advent prayer is for you and me:
Lord, this season marks the anticipation of Your coming. We long for and look forward to Your arrival. We so need you.
Too often, we feel neglected, forgotten, left out and alone. We feel like the only ones that people can never make time for.
We long to matter to someone, to not always feel like the substitute people that others will be around only when the people they REALLY want to be with aren’t available.
It seems as though sometimes that people have given up on us, decided we weren’t worth the effort, and moved on. Only they neglected to tell us.
Be near us tonight. Remind us that Your coming is not far off now.
Remind us that Immanuel means “God is with you” and “God is with me.”
Immanuel means that You are near to the broken hearted and crushed in spirit. Those who have all but given up on people and who are so fearful of being let down and hurt yet again that they have shut down their hearts.
Let us feel you near. Let us hear You speak words of tender compassion in the day, sing songs of joy and delight over us in the night. Call us by our true names that only you and we know.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus.