Welcome to the First Sunday of Advent.
I've fallen in love with Christine Hemp's 'Prayers of the People'
which were read in church today. With her permission,
I am sharing them in sections over the next several days.
Feast on these words as we enter another season of waiting.
"Good Morning, Lord.
It's the first Sunday of Advent and the four winds of the new season are upon us.
Sometimes it feels as if we're being swept into events that have nothing to do with you.
We struggle to "keep up," we hurry to "get things done."
Please help us to live in the knowledge that you are the still center of the maelstrom.
Assure us that your calm and peace always occupy our deepest selves -
individually and collectively.
From the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven,
Restore those who look for you, Lord, each in his or her own way."
photo from here