One Prayer a Day for Advent- Week 1
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Waldron, Maureen McCann
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Text from the first half of "One Prayer a Day for Advent - Week 1"The First Week of Advent SundayLord God, only you can see into my heart and know that under all the busy-ness of my life, there is a deep longing to make this Advent one that welcomes you more deeply into my own life.My heart desires the warmth of your love and my mind searches for your Light in the midst of the darkness.Help me to be a peacemaker this Advent and to give special love to those who disagree with me. Give me the strength and courage to forgive those who have hurt me. Help me to free my heart from the prison of my anger and hurt. MondayLoving God, I sense that all is your creation and everything, and all of us, are being drawn back toward your loving heart. Help me to be a person of peace, To speak about it in an uneasy world, And to live it among the people you have put into my life every day. Light in me a desire to prepare for your coming to stand in the darkness, waiting, eager and filled with joy.TuesdayGod of forgiveness, I turn to you in my great weakness and beg for your help. Let me feel the joy growing in my heart as I anticipate your coming. I hear the message of the prophets of old and know that the Messiah will bring new life and new ways of living. From the humbleness of my life, help me to grow and bloom and hear the words that will change the world. WednesdayLord of all, you are a God of plenty, a Lord who provides for us in our need. As I begin these early days of Advent help me to believe that you know what I need. Give me the courage to listen to your voice and the freedom to open my heart to the graces you are offering me to place my trust in you.