Sunday marked the beginning of Advent, a time of patiently waiting for the magic of Christmas. During this time, may we all reflect on the light and promise that is to come. The following prayer was used in the order of worship at our home church on Sunday. I thought it worth sharing with you.
Almighty God, we ask that you awaken us as this Advent season begins. Help us to notice the holy longings in our hearts. We ask to be touched by the and the hope which come from you. Deliver us from being people of hurry, impatience and jadedness. Teach us to recognize the tempation to turn this Christmas into just another Christmas. In candle and each Christmas light, help us to sense your grace-filled presence. Soften us when we become invovled in this season only with our wallets, but not with our hearts. We pray to become bearers as well as receivers of comfort and hope. Amen.