Advent Week 4 – December 24, 2022

The Wisdom of Advent – Learning to Wait

Week 4: Peace.

A Prayer for Peace on Christmas Eve

On Christmas eve day, we offer gratitude for our experience of Advent. No matter how much or how little we did compared to what we had planned, we recognized the season of Advent as a time to wait. We considered what we could learn from the Advent lessons of waiting with joyful expectation. We spent time contemplating how You are present in our life.

Give us the grace of knowing whatever we did this Advent was enough, and it was what we needed at this point in our life. We ask that our reflections during the last four weeks continue to bear fruit.

As our focus now turns from waiting to the celebration of Christmas, let our hearts be light with the realization that all waiting eventually ends. Help us find moments of hope, love, joy, and peace during the busy Christmas season. Let these moments remind us that Christmas isn’t just a time for parties and exchanging gifts but is a time to reconnect with our faith and deepen our relationship with You.

You have often reminded us not to be afraid, so help us find peace if our season of waiting continues past Christmas. We may not yet have all the answers we desire, but give us the patience to live the questions, knowing that actively living the present may be what we need to do for a while longer.

Wherever we are in our journey, may Christmas, coming at the shortest, darkest days of the year, provide us moments of peace to fill our hearts and light to sustain us.

Amen.

Thank you for joining me during this season of Advent waiting.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

5 comments

  1. Cathy, thank you for spending your time and sharing your thoughts this season of Advent! Your daily devotions were such a blessing to me during this season of waiting. My arm is healing and I am still waiting for a complete recovery. Knowing God has been with me during this time has given me great comfort. Looking forward to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day spending it with family and friends! Wishing you a joyous Christmas to you and your husband! I think of your Dad often and especially during the Christmas season as me and my family spent many wonderful times with him and your Mom. Enjoy!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Deb. I’m glad these reflections came at a helpful time for you as you dealt with healing from your injury. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season! I do think of my dad a lot this time of year. He used to like getting us small, practical stocking presents (I think I’m still stocked for life with paperclips and thumbtacks) and I always enjoyed picking out gifts for him that he could use while hiking, since that became such a big joy for him in retirement.

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  2. Thank you for your daily Advent gifts to all your readers. Your wisdom, advice, gentle prodding, thoughtfulness and insight helped make the waiting less fearful. Your God-given gift of writing was paid forward on a daily basis and is greatly appreciated, Tacky.

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  3. another thank you to you for following where the Spirit was leading you and investing much effort in preparing these… I am very grateful for your Advent sharings, they inspired me.

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