My Advent Shovel

A prayer to begin Advent:

O God,
Grant me your grace as I take up my Advent shovel
to fill in the valleys of neglect
in my prayer and daily life.
May I be zealous in my labors
of straightening out the crooked ways
and leveling the mountains and hills of sin
and false contentment
that block the coming of Christ.

— Fr. Edward Hays, Make Straight the Crooked Ways