Sunday, December 8, 2013

An Advent Prayer

Today marks the second Sunday of Advent, the season of preparing for Christ's birth.  I've written before about how Advent used to be one of my favorite times of the year.  Now that I'm a mom and a pastor, it is much harder to find time for the quietness that I remember enjoying so much.  

However, even though life's pace right now is different from what it used to be, there is still much to appreciate about this season.  One of those things is how the call of Advent is also one of accountability, reminding me that there are more important things than trying to get everything done and making sure we get to do it all.

With that in mind, here is a simple yet poignant prayer for Advent written by Henri Nouwen, a Catholic priest and author...

Lord Jesus,
Master of both the light and the darkness,
send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.

We who have so much to do
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!”

1 comment:

  1. Hi Kari! I was wondering if you could answer my question about your blog! I'm Heather and please email me at Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com :-)

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