An Advent Prayer

An Advent Prayer
Written by Mark Zaineddin

 

Holy and gracious One, most merciful, most just

During this season of Advent – a season of hope, peace, joy, and love – we pray …

 

On this day never given before, at this time, here and now,

we choose hope.

 

Hope that someday wolves will lie beside lambs,

that swords will be turned into plowshares,  

and that justice will roll down like flowing waters.

Yes … we choose hope.

 

In this place, at the corner of Vanderbilt and Horne,

and extending to the east and west, to the north and south,

we choose peace.

 

May peace prevail over waring nations;

may peace overcome fractured relationships;

may peace defeat inner demons.

Yes … we choose peace.

 

With a magnificent assembly of saints, those who have come before us and those in our midst,

we choose joy.

 

The joy of knowing that, despite the fact that we fall short each and every day, you are there.

Like a mother who won’t forsake her nursing child,

and a father who runs to welcome a wayward son home,

You are forever faithful.[1]

Yes … we choose joy.

 

And, in company of You and our sisters and brothers in Christ,

we especially choose love.   

       

We choose love recalling that Jesus – prince of peace, light of lights, -- truly loved.

And that, in loving, he commanded his disciplines – his followers – to love.

“Just as I have loved you”, he said, “so too should you love another.”

Yes … we choose love.

 

At this time and in this place, may we love.

May we love

not only the rich but also the poor,

not only mighty but also the meek,

not only the haves but also the have nots.

 

And, following your example, may we love

the widowed and the orphaned,

the marginalized and the dispossessed,

the exiled and the stranger,

the forgotten and the unknown.

 

Holy and gracious One, most merciful, most just

During this season of Advent – a season of a season of hope, peace, joy, and love --

may we steadfastly be …

 

a community of hope,

a community of peace,

a community of joy, and

a community of love.

 

Amen.


[1] A Brief Statement of Faith, Presbyterian Church (USA)