Heavenly Father, in this advent season our hearts should be happy and light but many of us are struggling with the heaviness of life.

We carry burdens that steal the joy from the season.

Tragedies and pain are plainly visible all around us and we see innocent victims suffer while so many ignore both the poor and the needy.

An inner voice whispers, “Be afraid!” Please quiet that doubt and fear.

We need your peace, Lord.

In a world where worry, not peace, prevails, let the good news of your love rein in our hearts.

This Advent season make us see that we need your joy and peace more than material things.

Help us to prepare gladly for the coming of your Son, our Lord Jesus.

Show us the way to do your will and spread your love to all the weary world. Amen.