First Sunday in Advent

Advent wreath-2019

I love to begin the Advent season by lighting the first candle on the family Advent wreath, holding hands, and praying together.  For years, this has been a favorite Advent prayer.

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!” 

Amen. 

By Henri Nouwen

Tonight I plan to take some time and talk to God about these two questions:

  1. As I ponder the young Mary surrendering to God’s plan, is there an area in my life where I need to accept God’s will?
  2. How will I choose prayer, being with God, and being there for others over busyness in the upcoming weeks?

Advent brings an opportunity for silence, simplicity, and joyful anticipation as we wait for Christmas–new life, new beginnings, and a fresh filling of God’s love for our world.

Let’s pray for each other that we bravely say “yes” to God’s loving, life-giving invitation.

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”  (Luke 1:38)