Loving God, Creator of all,
Listen to the cries of our hearts as we await the coming of the Prince of Peace.
Hear us as we cry out in the midst of a world where peace is not a reality.
Comfort us as we reach out with heart and hand to our brothers and sisters in need.
Ennoble us to open our arms to those who are in exile.
Make our nation a hospitable land in which all people love their neighbors.
Forgive us for acts and words of hatred, exclusion and bigotry.
Grant us open hearts that care for all,
and help us walk in the image of Christ.