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December 2011

An Advent Prayer

By Abigail Parker Herrera (SCJ)

Nativity by He Qi

As I’ve been finishing up my work for ordination, I’ve been saying this prayer a lot. It’s been especially good for Advent. I hope you find as much peace in it as I do:
The prayer is titled, “Sustain Me in the Coming Then” from Guerillas of Grace by Ted Loder

O God, empty me of angry judgements,
And aching disappointments,
And anxious trying,
And breathe into me
Something like quietness and confidence,
That the lion and the lamb in me
May lie down together
And be led by a trust
As straightforward as a little child.

Catch my pride and doubt off guard
That, at least for the moment,
I may sense your presence and your caring,
And be surprised by a sudden joy
Rising in me now
To sustain me in the coming then.