Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Sunday, November 29, 2015
Prayer in the Midst of Darkness
Today is the first Sunday in Advent.
For Advent and Christmas in December, we will be following Fr. Henri Nouwen. I have a book of Advent and Christmas reflections. “Wisdom,” as the slim volume is subtitled.
I would have thought the hustle and bustle of the holidays captured most people’s attention, in November and December. Not prayer. At most, I would consider prayer to be tied for a distant second, as far as importance is concerned. Alas, relationship! Sometimes, it’s as if it’s difficult for people get expectant about the holidays. Expectant about the coming of the Christ Child.
Fr. Nouwen addresses us. That is, most of the parishioners are addressed; those who can pay attention to a message from God. See whether you can pay attention!
“A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow part of his roots.” – Isaiah 11:1
God, encourage us to seek out the task you give to us, O more Difficult One. The challenging task we have before us is one filled with anger, fear, and dismay. True, only a stump can be seen. What can come from an old, dead stump? Yet, God can bring forth miracles. God can bring forth hope.
Because of biblical hope, thank you. Thank you, dear Lord, gracious God.
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