Tuesday, December 4, 2012

First Candle

Welcome to the Season of Advent...
We are 3 days in and I'm not quite feeling it yet...how about you? 
Maybe because waiting has become such an integral part of my life?
I'm finding that all I have energy for at this moment is in
lighting the first candle which represents hope
and just sitting in its presence. 
That is prayer in itself. 
Jesus is coming.
Listen to the opening of Sunday's Prayers of the People,
written by Christine Hemp:
"We have lit the first candle, Lord.
Green has turned into purple,
and we begin our walk toward Christmas.
Startle us into seeing the journey afresh this year.
Open our eyes to the sun and the moon and the stars
and what Jesus really meant when he told us to pay attention.
Help us to see you face-to-face and restore what is lacking in our faith,
in our vision of who you are and how you reveal yourself to us.
Give us eyes to see and ears to hear."
from Prayers of the People for the First Sunday of Advent
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Port Townsend, WA
Author:  Christine Hemp


Jan said...

Thank you. I'm glad we're playing "WWF" together. Hope you recoup.

Jayne said...

It's so hard to be quiet and wait when all the world around us is scurrying around and stores are stuffed to the gills with "stuff." But, wait we must... and anticipate we will... :c)