Advent Week 1 – December 3, 2022

The Wisdom of Advent – Learning to Wait

Week 1: Hope

A Prayer for Hope & Faith in Our Waiting

God, creator of all things, You understand what it feels like to wait. You see our impatience with the in-between space and our sometimes overwhelming desire to rush the process and get to where we think we need to be.

Help us trust that You are indeed leading us, even though we may not clearly see the path from where we currently are. When we doubt anything is happening, remind us that You have started a process inside us and that we need to look up often to see the bigger perspective of our life. Let us know what we should do to respond and participate in this process.

When we grow impatient or fearful, we may be tempted to return to what we’ve left behind or grab onto the first good thing that appears. Grow our faith and strengthen our hope so that we move forward, waiting for things to unfold in Your timeframe rather than our own.

Give us the grace of courage to be like Mary, trusting that good things will happen even if we’re not in control of our future.

When we are anxious and uncertain, help us accept our anxiety and rest on the solid foundation of our faith in the knowledge that we are always loved and are never alone.

Amen.

5 comments

  1. Hi Cathy. Missed your visit to Portland. Your mom brought me dinner last night. Broke my humerus and surgery Thursday. Reading your advent reflections. I’m in a period of the inbetween. Waiting for surgery and healing. Your writings are messages to me from the beyond. Keep them coming. Deb hunt. Give me a call sometime would love to talk with you during my time of waiting.

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    1. Deb – Mom told me about your arm yesterday. I’m so sorry you have to go through this. I’ll say prayers that you have a successful surgery, minimal pain, and quickly heal so that you’re back to normal very soon. In the meantime, getting food from my Mom is good consolation while you’re waiting!

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