Heavenly Father, we come with thanksgiving for the lives
You have given us,
For the lives You have sustained through Word and Sacrament,
For the lives You have redeemed through Jesus Christ.
Send now Your Spirit to guide us as we pray this Advent and every day.
Come, Lord Jesus. Come into our hearts, repair the brokenness of sin,
Heal the wounds of mind and spirit, comfort the sick,
Warm the cold-hearted, fill the lonely and empty.
Come into our homes; make them grace places,
Let them know love from those around them
And the perfect love of forgiveness,
Of safety, of joy, of peace.
Come to our children, babies, teenagers, adult children and foster children.
Come to our parents, new parents and foster parents.
Parents, who with the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Await the birth of the precious Child in the womb.
Each day the mother gives nourishment
Each day God, Mary and mothers-to-be fervently pray and smile as they plan for embraces their heart now aches to give. I ask for your families all the blessings I seek for my own and for my Holy Spirit family, especially the gift of Your grace. Come, Lord Jesus, come. Amen.
Father Dennis Meinen serves as chaplain at Holy Spirit Retirement Home, Sioux City, for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the diocese and Calix; and Faithful Friar of the Garrigan 4th Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, Sioux City.