An Advent Prayer

I can’t guarantee that what follows isn’t a repeat of something I’ve posted before, but if so, it’s worth reading again.

“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!'” (Henri Nouwen).

As I am learning this Advent season, this is a time to celebrate the Once and Future King. It is a time not only for looking back in fondness to the Christ child in the manger but for looking forward in faith to the returning and conquering Messiah.

May we not forget the real reason for the season, the joy that so often gets lost and buried beneath all the activities and events and mad holiday rush. May we all make room and time to reflect that the infinite God became small and helpless so that we could become sons and daughters of God.

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