O come, O come, Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel…” The haunting and evocative melody of this seasonal sound epitomizes the spirit of Advent―the hopeful waiting for the Prince of Peace to come again to save us―and the almost unimaginable, so-surprising-that-we-have-to-whisper-about-it celebration of his O-Holy-Night arrival.
The prophet promised that the wolf shall lie down with the lamb but, the world is full of brokenness. Can we justcancel 2020? Let us pray, Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
Prayer for This Sunday:
Sovereign God, we long for your peaceable Kin-dom: A place where children can play outside without fear of predators, where the vulnerable are not exploited for their labor, where there is enough for all. We long for a world without the 1%, and without the exploiters, the vultures, and abusers; a world where everyone will know your peace and love. Until then, we are trapped in a world where fear, pain, and suffering are inevitable, but where comfort can always be found in your love. Surround those of us who are suffering from the ills of this world, and send all as messengers of your love, grace, and peace wherever and whenever possible. May those who are conflicted find comfort in those who are comfortable,
and those who are comfortable be with the conflicted until all are at peace. Amen.