Second Advent Pastoral Prayer

Holy Spirit, breathing within us
we are waiting
we are watching for signs, listening for movement
something new is coming to us on the wind
drawing ever closer
the year is going to turn
and we will celebrate the new beginning that comes to us
as many times as there are years

And we pray for those in our world who are waiting
the children whose names are on our tree are waiting
families around the world are waiting for animals,
gifts that will change their lives for the better
so many wait, mourning, in lonely exile
cut off from the change to flourish

You make us new, year after year, week after week
moment by moment
Refining us by fire, honing, polishing
making us instruments of your purpose
salt and light for the world
May we not only wait patiently, but also speak, also act
Bearing the power of your love in our own fragile vessels…

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