Does this season anticipate the advent of a memory or a hope? Are we to look back at what God did long ago, or are we to look forward to what God will do? Advent encourages us to do both, to look in both directions. The heart of this season is where memory and hope meet.
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As the days lose their light and nights grow long, we light candles against the lingering darkness and we pray:
God, you gave us the gift of Jesus Christ, so we trust you are with us and ever shall be. We who have much to do seek a quiet place to listen. We who are anxious over many things look forward to your peace. We who are blessed in many ways long to be busy for others. We whose hearts are heavy seek joy, even so. Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.
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Hope. Peace. Joy. Love.