We bend over thick French oak, each of the five of us holding fast a corner of the old table. It’s afternoon, and we pull in, slow with words that bring peace to our inner crazy.
God, center us to what we need most.
Gather us up here. Let us breathe You in.
Show us how to worship You, how to be raw, authentic, awakened, and whole, before You.
Help us be present with You now. Show us the space where You are, how You don’t hide Your face from us, but are here, right here.
Show us how, in community with You, You make all the broken places in us whole. Let us be unafraid to be before You, hands unclenched, eyes raised, hearts surrendered and open. For we are true here, most ourselves, most whole, most free, most peaceful and joy-filled, only with You. We are only these things with You.
Slow us today, as we look to You for help in preparing our hearts in expectation for a Savior already come, already here. Let us come to You with everything we are.
Come for the weary, for the downhearted, for the hopeless, for the scared. Come for the weak, for the small. Raise our heads to look on You. Give us strength and help us to trust You.
We are here, before You, gathered up, trusting that You hold us now, that we are not alone, that You await with expectation and joy for us to come and receive and behold what has already come and what has already been given.
Let us receive You anew. Awaken us, this, your children, as one.
In Jesus’ name,
Let’s pray for one another, sisters. How can we, together, pray for you right now, these days before Christmas?