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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Sunday Prayer

God of Wonder and Hope, we enter now the season of waiting and the beginning of a new church year. I pray that in these weeks of anticipating the birth story, we will find time for entering into the still, quiet place of our souls. It is here that the story will come alive for us again. It is here that you will place upon our beings the things that you hope we will ponder in our hearts, just as the woman Mary did so long ago.

God, as we reflect on the coming birth, we pray, nudge us toward your best hope for us as your people. What are you inviting us to do and be in this time before us? In these weeks of Advent as we step out of the consumer-driven chaos all around us for times of worship and devotion, bless us God, so that we might remember what - and whom - we are waiting for.

We await the birth of the Anointed One, of course. But perhaps within ourselves, we also await the re-birth of dreams that have been on the back burner for too long. Or maybe we are waiting for the courage to mend broken relationships, or at least bring them to a better sense of closure. Some may be waiting for the tiny baby of Bethlehem to birth within them a new reason to hope - for a better life, for justice, for peace.

As we ponder these things in our hearts, O God, we need your Spirit with us for guidance, comfort and strength. Stay close, O Holy One, as we journey together through this season of watching, waiting and hoping. Amen.


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  1. Amen.
    Thank you, Sue, for this beautiful prayer.

  2. Amen and amen. That was beautiful.

    Dancing with God

  3. Thank you Sue! A beautiful prayer. The line about mending broken relationships or brining to sense of closure struck home with me today. I have spent a lot of energy trying to find a way to mend a relationship with a hurting person in our congrgation and repeatedly have been turned away. Learning to find peace in this is tought, but I am fidning my own sesne of closure in that i have doen what I knew to do. Your words meant a lot and were a help to me today. Blessings!!!!


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