Thursday, December 8, 2016

A Prayer for Thursday, December 8, 2016

Waiting

O God,

We are waiting
for Jesus to come.

But there is so much we
can do while we’re waiting.

We can serve,
we can help,
we can give,
we can embrace,
we can forgive, and
we can love.

Let our waiting be
an active waiting.

Let our waiting reflect the
fact that while we wait for
Jesus, he is already here with
us, showing us what to do.


Amen.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Prayer for Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Love

O God,

As you come to us, please come bearing love.

We need to love more.

We need to love you more, so that we will give ourselves to you fully and freely.

We need to love the oppressed and marginalized among us more, so that we will share our lives with them fully and freely.

We need to love our enemies more, so that we will offer our prayers for them and forgiveness to them more fully and freely.

We need to love you and others selflessly, graciously, and sacrificially.

But we can’t have such love on our own.

So as you come to us, please come bearing love, because we need to love more.


Amen.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Prayer for Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Hope

O God,

As you come to us, please come bearing hope.

We need to hope in you more.

We need to count on your promises to bring about eternal peace and righteousness.

We need to count on your commitment to be with us as we try to make things better now.

We need to count on Jesus’ way of living being shown in the long run to be your way for us.

But we can’t have such hope on our own.

So as you come to us, please come bearing hope, because we need to hope in you more.


Amen.

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Prayer for Monday, December 5, 2016

Faith

O God,

As you come to us, please come bearing faith.

We need to trust you more.

We need to trust more that you are working your purposes out, and so everything is going to be all right someday.

We need to trust more that what we do as we try to follow Jesus contributes to the fulfillment of your purposes.

We need to trust more that love, grace, and mercy are your ways for us in the world.

But we can’t have such trust on our own.

So as you come to us, please come bearing faith, because we need to trust you more.


Amen.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Prayer for Sunday, December 4, 2016

Second Sunday of Advent

O God,

As we celebrate Jesus’ past coming to us and as we anticipate his future coming to us, help us notice that he is with us here and now.

As we remember Jesus’ past coming in humbleness and as we look for his future coming in glory, help us realize that he comes to us in all our present experiences.

As we reflect on Jesus’ birth and as we reflect on his future coming, help us reflect on—and reflect—his presence with us.

Amen.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Prayer for Saturday, December 3, 2016

Light

O God,

Help us see the light. Help us see your light.

Help us see your light in creation.
Help us see your light in people.
Help us see your light in Jesus.
Help us see your light in love.

There’s a lot of darkness in this old world.

Help us see your light.

And help us be your light …


Amen.

Friday, December 2, 2016

A Prayer for Friday, December 2, 2016

Able

O God,

Help us

give all the love we’re able to give,
offer all the mercy we’re able to offer,
show all the grace we’re able to show,
provide all the help we’re able to provide, and
feel all the hope we’re able to feel.

Then, by your grace, help us give,
offer, show, provide, and feel

a little bit more.


Amen.