Advent Prayer 2018

Red CandleBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful Father, Lover of My Soul, Gracious Spirit,

All praise and honor be to you,

for you have honored us above all things–

above all roses and vineyards,

above the puppies and kitties,

above the birds of the air and the fish of the sea,

and you have loved us enough

to send your Son to die on a cross for our salvation.

Even as we have not returned your love,

obeyed your law, or

lived within your grace.

We give thanks for your presence among us–

coming to us as a baby

to grow up and suffer for our sins,

grievous and endless and heinous

in every way.

Open our eyes and unstop our ears

that we might learn to love as you do,

beginning in this holiday season.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Advent Prayer 2018

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