Doing some last minute shopping? It’s easy to get distracted by all the expectations of the season. Here is a prayer from ths youth ministry resource FontSound prepared earlier this year.
You might consider praying this before heading off to the mall for some last minute gifts.
A Prayer Before Christmas Shopping
Lord our God,
we praise you for Jesus Christ, your Son:
who came to show us
just how much you love us,
and who came to bring us the peace we cannot find in this world alone.
Let your blessing come upon us
as we set out to buy gifts for the people we love.
Do not let us get distracted by the glamour of sparkly things,
by the number
of bright, shiny, new things
the world says we must have.
Things can only keep us satisfied for a moment, but your love is forever
Send us your spirit so that we may remain calm in the traffic,
patient in the lines
and peaceful amidst the hustle and bustle of the crowds.
As we prepare for the birth of Jesus, your son,
may the joy we experience
in the tradition of Christmas gift-giving
be a reminder that real and lasting joy rests in you alone.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.