Advent, Week 2

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.
(John 1:5)

Advent God,
Meet us as we face the darkness of our world
That we may embrace you in the shadows
and move out to greet your light.

Dispel our fears, increase our hope.

Enlighten us as we search for truth amongst the clamor of war,
that we may have the courage to proclaim peace
and determination to seek justice.

Dispel our fears, increase our hope.

Embolden us to cry out in the wilderness,
that we may find a voice to disarm power
and a way to challenge prejudice.

Dispel our fears, increase our hope.

Guide us as we seek to make straight your paths,
that we may guard against self-righteousness
and look to you for help.

Dispel our fears, increase our hope.

Move us as we reach out to those in need,
that we may respond with urgency and wait with patience.

Dispel our fears, increase our hope.

Challenge us with your promise of salvation,
that we may put aside all fear
and proclaim the hope of liberation.

Dispel our fears, increase our hope
and grant us peace.
Amen.

 

 

Prayer by Annabel Shilson-Thomas, from CAFOD, England/Wales sister agency of Catholic Relief Services.