Henri Nouwen – An Advent Prayer

This prayer by Henri Nouwen reminds us that advent is NOT the season of Christmas, but it’s very own unique season. It is a season of waiting. A season where we anticipate the coming of our savior, who is not yet born. In contrast to our society’s view of this part of the year,  Advent is a season which begs us to slow down, and quiet our hearts in anticipation of the quiet night in which God entered history as a child to show us a different way.

The 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!”

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~ by joshclark17 on December 2, 2009.

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