(Since we post one week behind, I decided to start with Advent music. Advent starts this week.)
God of love, Father of all,
the darkness that covered the earth
has given way to the bright dawn of your Word made flesh.
Make us a people of this light.
Make us faithful to your Word
that we may bring your life to the waiting world.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
A Prayer for Sadness during Advent link
Lord, how wrong I have been to act as if Christ had never been born. As if He didn’t perform miracles.
As if He didn’t take my every tear, my daily worries, my sin and insecurities on that cross.
As if the tomb wasn’t empty and the throne wasn’t full of His presence and grace.
It’s that grace that gives meaning and power to your promises.
I know that your Word prevails even when our world turns black.
I trust that your healing comes in different forms, stages and ways.
I believe that you promised to provide all we need.
Seeking you doesn’t require physical vision, complete health or a life free of troubles.
But instead, a heart full of devotion and obedience, which I offer you.
No matter how many Advent seasons sweep by, Lord, your reminders remain the same.
Each tear we cry has a purpose. Each trying stage has a divine reason.
And in your capable hands, each icy rain of adversity is transformed into the warmth and sparkle of your grace.
Advent Prayer by Henri J.M. Nouwen link
Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do and seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day,
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!’
A Hopeful Benediction link
Be people of hope.
Let hope live in your heart and share the hope of Christ with all you meet.
Share hope by noticing someone else’s humanity.
Share hope by listening to someone’s story.
Share hope by praying for our world.
In this Advent season, we need to see, feel, and share hope.
As you go out into the wonder of God’s creations, share hope with those you meet.