Friday, December 14, 2012
December Prayer: ADVENT
[Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is ananglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming." It is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday.]
Advent is a time of tension between what is and what will be. It does not take much attention on our part to know that things are not what they ought to be, not only in the world but in ourselves.
Christ calls us to a hope that he is coming to make it right.
The whole creation groans as it waits, eagerly, to be set free.
We wait for your glory.
We wait for our revealing.
We know not who we are destined to be;
Our very beings are hidden from us.
We wait for creation to be set free from bondage to corruption.
Let us not see the corruption that binds this world as the final word.
Let us not regard the sufferings of this present age as worthy to be compared to your glory.
Give our hearts eyes of faith to see
The hope to which we are called,
To see from afar the glory of the coming Christ.
Come quickly, Lord!