Advent Prayer: Swords into Ploughshares

Here’s an excerpt from an Advent prayer inspired by Isaiah 2:1-5. It was written by Angela Bryan and Sam Hargreaves, and posted on the Engage Worship website.

Swords into Ploughshares
(inspired by Isaiah 2:1-5)

In the last days
they will beat their swords into ploughshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.

So, in these days, 
we will turn around the camera 
of our self-centred selfies 
to take a long, loving look 
at the face of Christ in others.

So, in these days, 
we will upturn the podium 
of our calculated competitiveness
and elevate the least among us.

So, in these days, 
we will dismantle the walls of our fear, 
which keep at arm’s length the refugees, 
the foreigners, the homeless, 
and build them homes 
with those same bricks and these same arms...

~ written by Angela Bryan and Sam Hargreaves. To see the full prayer, visit Engage Worship here. Sign up is free, and gives you access to a wealth of wonderful worship resources.  To use this prayer (or part of this prayer) in worship, please use the following attribution: copyright © Angela Bryan, Sam Hargreaves/