Lord God, take us away from our preoccupation on ourselves, and what we can or cannot do. Empty us of our pride and shame. Clear away the idea that we can somehow handle this life on our own or that we are too undeserving of Your help. Sometimes, we are our own worst obstacles in this life. We hold on to the baggage of our failures and our successes of the past. So then how can we hold on to the truth and grace of Christ if we’re holding onto other things that hold us back. 2000 years ago, You proved Your love for all mankind by sending the miracle of the Word made flesh, the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. 2000 years ago You were killed because You told us to love God and to love each other. Your love, that never fails, made history then and is still making history now by changing our lives into God’s possibilities. So let’s accept Your help and let’s accept Your mercy when the world turns cold and our friends are no where to be found. We have a friend that is always there beyond our expectations throughout every moment of joy or sorrow. We have Jesus.