Advent Prayer, 9 December
Community Development, Louth
By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet in the way of peace.
In darkest night, we grow afraid.
A sound, a rustle, a hint of breath
makes our heart race and our mind spin terrors.
It is better to be alone than afraid.
It is better to stay very still, and play dead,
than to flesh out our fears with a cry.
And yet, the dark is a lonely place.
Perhaps the breath brings blessing
and the foot falls in peace.
Perhaps the stranger
fears as we do,
and wants nothing but a friend.
Cut fine, between hope for acceptance
and our dark-born, deepened fear,
God comes to pierce us with blessing:
the radiant promise of life.
Today we pray for The Trinity Centre and the Team Parish of Louth. We give thanks for the diversity of their work, and for God’s abundant blessings. Pray that all who gather there will feel dawn break and be led in the way of peace.
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