Here’s an advent prayer from Ann Siddall, and the Stillpoint Spirituality Centre and Faith Community.
Prayer for Courage during Advent
Holy One, You call us to live in this world
as courageous bearers of hope,
standing in the face of all that seems
to contradict your Gospel and demean life.
Let us be courageous.
As the advertisements turn Christmas into a product,
and elevate prosperity and material possessions,
help us to show that the greatest gift of all
is Your presence at the centre of our lives.
Let us be thankful.
As families gather and tensions run high,
save us from false expectations and exclusivity;
from holding onto old hurts and resentments,
and from seeking love instead of giving love.
Let us be loving.
Let our celebration of Christmas be characterized
by our willingness to risk doing it differently,
and our witnessing to a deeper source of hope
than that which can be wrapped in bright paper.
Let us celebrate!
~ written by Ann Siddall, and posted on the Stillpoint Spirituality Centre and Faith Community website. http://stillpointsa.org.au/prayer/prayers-and-liturgies/