Here is the Collect for the 2nd Week of Advent.
This prayer was in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary but not in any edition of the Missale Romanum before the Novus Ordo.
Concede, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus, plebi tuae
adventum Unigeniti tui cum summa vigilantia expectare,
ut, sicut ipse docuit auctor nostrae salutis,
accensis lampadibus in eius occursum
Almighty God, we beseech You, grant it to Your people
to await the Coming of Your Only-Begotten with the greatest vigilance,
so that, just as the author of our salvation Himself instructed,
we may wide awake rush with lighted lamps to meet Him in His approach.
Here in the North, our days are very short. The darkeness of night is profound. A small light immediately pulls the eye, like a stark rebuke to the darkness. Any light draws every eye, friendly or unfriendly.
When the Lord comes, will He find faith? Will He find those who profess His Name to be waiting or will they be drifting? Inattentive?
As the days of Advent fly onward, we have more and more language about a people rushing, running, dashing to meet the Lord.
I imagine us diligently sweeping the path, moving obstacles lest His feet ("how beautiful the feet") be offended by any stumbling block of our own making, or left out of negligence.
We do our part knowing full well that the Lord Himself will straighten all that we have not.
A PROPOSED VERSION:
Grant your people, we pray, almighty God,
to keep wide awake for the coming of your Only-begotten,
that as he himself, the author of our salvation, has taught,
we may, wakeful and with lamps alight,
hurry out to greet him.
I find the above a little conceptually choppy. Perhaps you have your own version to propose.