An Advent Prayer by Maria Kane
From the deepest exhale of your being, you brought forth creation.
We yearn for your Word to set us free —
free to laugh, to sing, to give thanks for the dawn of a new day.
May the oil of gladness flood the sorrow of our longest nights.
We long for the Light of the World to cast away
the hidden shadows of our lives.
Just as you calmed Mary’s fears and gave her a song of joy,
we give thanks that you give us new songs of hope.
We surrender ourselves to the Prince of Peace.
We confess that far too often we substitute
control and independence for faith and trust.
We need the Good Shepherd to show us the way.
In the face of violence and oppression,
we cling to your redeeming love to transform the world.
We give thanks for Emmanuel, God-with-us.
Now, grant us the courage of our convictions,
that we may be heralds of your love.
copied from The Upper Room