We praise you, our God, for you are the One who has come, who comes, and who is coming.
Make us ready, o Lord; prepare our hearts and lives for your coming.
Cause us to take time to rest and wait before you so that we will have the spiritual, mental, and emotional capacity to perceive your coming.
Convict us to repent of those attitudes and actions that hinder us from openness to you so that we will have room in our hearts and lives to receive your coming.
Empower us to be vulnerable and gracious toward each other and toward those who seem truly other to us so that we will in them grasp your coming.
Enable us to have such grace and faith that, whether the circumstances and situations we face are good or bad, we will in them experience your coming.
In the name of the One who has come, who comes, and who is coming,