God of Surprises, let us be your Christ-bearer, your servant, your deacon in this world grown too distracting and complicated. Make us ready for the gifts you give, the grace you impart, the opportunities you make available to help us grow in holiness. Grant that our eyes might be open to see, our ears to listen, our hearts to love, and our mouths to laugh with delight and joy when our awareness of your presence informs any moment of the day.
Judith A. Bauer and John J. Cleary, Advent and Christmas with Thomas Merton. Liguori, MO: Liguori Publications, 2002. 43.