Dear St. George families,
Advent - We Prepare for Christ's Birth
"Lord, you are the Light of all nations.
You are our hope and our peace.
As we wait for the bright promise of Christmas,
may we remember all the great promises,
that you have made to your people.
You have fed us and clothed us in your Light,
and you have taught us to expect the miracle
of your love to fill the universe.
May we never forget your promises
and may we always trust in you.
What is the promise to which this prayer references? "As we wait for the bright promise of Christmas, may we remember all the great promises...You have taught us to expect the miracle of your love to fill the universe." How does this happen? Jesus surely is the promise, and in the world...today...we are that promise. We are the ones to fill the universe with love! Jesus fulfills this promise through us. We pray that we can be our best selves, in order to fulfill this promise!
The students will hear the message of this prayer spoken in the classrooms during morning assembly, and in our weekly prayers surrounding the Advent Wreath. How we prepare for Christmas during Advent will determine how we approach our Christmas morning. Will we be in a dither over the presents? Or will we pause and be aware of the other "presents" - the presence of Jesus in us and among us. Jesus' birth calls us to a renewed awareness of how we can offer love to the world! I pray that these last weeks of Advent call us to slow down, be intentional and loving, and in so doing help discover and further build the Kingdom of God.
St. George pray for us!