Day Four of Advent

Open our eyes, Lord, especially if they are half shut because we are tired of looking

or half open because we fear to see too much

or bleared with tears because yesterday, today and tomorrow are filled with the same pain

or contracted, because we only look at what we want to see.

Open our eyes, Lord, to gently scan the life we lead, the home we have, the world we inhabit to find among the gremlins and the greyness, signs of hope we can fasten on and encourage.

And most of all, open our eyes in yearning for Jesus.

–adapted from Open Our Eyes in Cloth for the Cradle

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