Holy One,
Give us the courage to be brave, as we prepare for Christ’s arrival,

so that, like the Angels, we can reach out to the “unreachable,”
like Elizabeth and Mary, we can receive unexpected messengers;
and like the shepherds make peace with the special role we play in Christ’s story.

Help us to be brave, as we prepare.
Amen.

—a prayer inspired by Advent Unwrapped