Merciful God,
We confess that we do not know how to prepare for your Advent.
We have forgotten how to hope in miracles;
we have ignored the promise of your kingdom;
we get more focused on the to-do lists and the busyness of the season than on the reason for it.
we have focused more on our own needs than the needs of those around us
Forgive us, we pray.
Grant us the simple wonder of the shepherds,
the longing hearts of the Magi,
the patient faith of Mary and Joseph,
the passionate worship of the Angels.
Help us now to make our hearts ready for His coming.