Advent Journey #2… Advent Cries

Advent cries for us…


Caught up in the busyness of this Christmas season advent cries for us. It longs for us to return, to make use of its deep hues of purple and flickering gold. 

This week we remembered the the prophets of old. Those men and women, who pointed Israel and us, towards God, who desire and year for us to repent and search for forgiveness and peace.

Repent seems like such a hard word, it is the word of the Street Preacher stood on his soap box telling us the kingdom is here: turn or burn! 

Yet we all repent. We all feel sincere regret when we do something wrong, it is just we often fail to acknowledge iy. We like to move on to the forgiveness without facing the pain we have caused. 

What have you done wrong this week? Who have you ignored or rejected, who have you argued with or hurt? 

If we are to strive for communities of peace and love then we need to repent with sincere hearts. We need to say sorry to those we have hurt, rejected, ignored. We do not journey alone, and if we journey with others we have to love others. As we pray for peace this advent let us remember those we have hurt and try to ask for forgiveness so that we may move towards Christ, who is our Prince of Peace.

In this second week of Advent, 

as the waiting and expectations heighten, 

deepen our desires for peace. 

Amen 

Christian Aid prayer for Advent 2

Advent Journey #1

Advent is the time of journeys.

It is the time when we think about Mary and Joseph journeying to Bethlehem. It is the time of year when the Church begins it’s new year, where we begin the journey once again. A journey which will end with us triumphantly declaring Christ the king.

Often advent is a time of journeying for us. It is the frantic journey to Christmas, with all the demands that brings.

The frantic present buying, the hurried last minute dashed off work emails, the busy social calendars. December seems to bring a constant rush of stuff, which stops us from slowing down and taking stock. Advent should not be such a time – this week we have journeyed with the patriarchs, as we lit our first advent candle we journeyed with Abram and Sarai.

Their journey was one of unexpected joy, miraculous promises and future hope.

I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore.

How easy it would have been to dismiss such a promise, how easy it is for us to forget what advent is all about. Our journey, like Abram and Sarai, is one filled with unexpected joy, miraculous promises and future hope. So wherever you find yourself this week remember that you do not journey alone.

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