As usual, I have allowed Advent to sneak up on me. If I’d been planning ahead I would have written some blog posts tying into its themes. Maybe next year. This year, though, I thought that we could pray through some of the traditional Advent readings together for the next four weeks.
6 For to us a child is born,Isaiah 9:6 NIV
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Most Holy Father, as we anticipate the celebration of Your Son’s birth, prepare our hearts. Fill us with gratitude and wonder at the gift of His first coming. Remind us of the way He lived and transform us that we may become more like Him each day, loving You and loving our neighbors. Help us to live in this fallen world focusing on the hope You give. Hope for Your Son’s second coming. Hope that You will make all things new. Hope that in Your perfect timing all will bow before Your throne. Hope that one day Your kingdom will come in all its fullness and the government will indeed be on Jesus’ shoulders. Amen.
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