Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee, and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.
Even though Christians look forward to a great future in the renewed heaven and earth, we are not called to sit back and wait, as though this 'mortal life' was just a waiting room. This prayer reminds us that our life is an, 'incubator for our future and enduring life. And every moment of this life is accompanied by Him who visited the planet in great humility' (Barbee and Zahl).
As the Prayer Book epistle for today reminds us in Romans 13.14, 'let us be Christ's men from head to foot' (Phillips' translation). All of life truly matters.