Advent 2018: Sunday, December 2, through Sunday, December 23.
God of wonder and awe, we praise You for the glimpses of the justice, peace and restoration You are bringing about. It is hard for us to believe that a wolf and a lamb would dwell together in peace — just like it is hard to see how justice could reign and that exploitation would cease. Help us to have the faith of a little child that everything is possible.
In this time of preparation to celebrate the birth of Your Son and the peace on earth that was announced to the shepherds, help us to see even more clearly how our work at Habitat can bring restoration and hope. Give us a spirit of wisdom and understanding so that all we do brings glory to you. Amen.
I want to be all in
Dear Lord, please help me to trust You to work through me. Do not let me be intimidated when I consider my own limitations. You have an amazing plan to work in the lives of those around me, and I desperately want to be an important part of Your work. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit and Your strength and power to follow You, even when I’m nervous about doing so. Thank you for always loving me and taking care of me. Amen.
Beloved Father, “You have come to us as a newborn child. We see your face in those who hunger and thirst, in the frail, the lonely, the sick, those who live in fear, those who suffer, those who mourn, those behind prison walls and those without adequate clothing and shelter on these cold nights. As we watch and wait for you, we are filled with hope. Amen.”
Dear and gracious God, might you always enable us to present Your message as if we were the shepherds in the fields. Let us not fear the tasks ahead or even Your power to work through us as you find us. Illuminate Your mission for us and bring us, and all we serve, to the “manger” of understanding and love. Amen.