Dec 4, 2013

Advent Prayer: Matthew 3: 1-12

Here’s a prayer from Eliza Buchakjian-Tweedy. It was inspired by Matthew 3: 1-12.

Advent Prayer
(inspired by Matthew 3: 1-12)

Prepare, for the day of God's coming draws near!
We are here.  What is there to prepare?

Prepare for peace.
Holy God, may the divisions between us be erased. 
May we, people of all backgrounds, walk with one another;
listen to one another;
bear one another's burdens.
May we be peacemakers in everything we say and do.

Prepare for hope.
Merciful God, when we look around,
the promises of your Kingdom seem so distant. 
Grant us tenacity:
to bring light where there is darkness;
peace where there is strife,
comfort where there is despair.
Let the light of your presence shine in us,
so that all may know that the darkness will not win.

Prepare for God.
Almighty God, you stripped yourself entirely to come into this world.
Weak, fragile, and dependent,
you gave yourself into the care of an unwed teenager. 
In following you, may we become as vulnerable. 
May we strip away all that protects us, all that we hide behind,
and let it burn like chaff. 
May our actions bear fruit that glorifies you,
eternal God, love incarnate.  Amen.

~ written by Eliza Buchakjian-Tweedy, Pastor at First Church Congregational, Rochester, NH.  She blogs at http://sermonizing.wordpress.com/