I said in the Advent introductory video that we would keep this year’s retreat simple and not add to all that’s going on for you during the holiday season. So for today, I offer one suggestion about a simple Advent prayer.
Choose a bowl, basket, or box that you can set in a central spot in your home. If this will be a family activity, you might place the container on the table where you have your meals or on a shelf near where you enter or exit your home. If you are doing this by yourself, then place the container on your dresser or some spot in the house you walk by frequently.
On small cards or slips of paper, write names—one name per card—of friends, family, and others you want to pray for during the holidays. Every day between now and Christmas, pick a name and keep that name with you throughout the day, in a pocket or somewhere you’ll notice it and be reminded to pray specifically for that person.
You could make this a family project, keeping the names in a dish on the dinner table and every day praying as a family for the person whose name you picked. Of course, this would influence whose names you put in the dish and what kinds of prayers they needed because some matters would be out of the scope of what you share with other family members.