December 31 Prayer
A blessing for the
Where is the true light shining?
Where is the word speaking?
From the Eternal day of earth and heavens
Let this blessing cover you
Let this prayer rise up within you
To seek His glory
and His face
In unsuspected places
Let this blessing lead you in
the lasts and the firsts to come
To find the graces laid out before you
Take up the cloak to cover
Put on the crown of wisdom
Hold out the scepter of truth and peace
Let this last day of
This last year
Pass behind you as you stand at the threshold of a new entry
Let a fresh wind blow through you and raise up your feet to dancing with a new start
With new steps to take and
learn a new beat to follow in
The rhythms of grace
Let joy begin to stir in your heart
A new day is coming
Let it begin now in you
December 30 Prayer
What is the grace I need for this coming year?
I ask what it is I am looking for?
I sit at the window of reflection
Push back the curtains of shame
to peer into the clear space
The open sky where a newness expands
To write a story for the ordinary and the
Can I choose to hope beyond hope that things will be better?
Can I rest in the sense of knowing there is one that knows me and knows what is to come?
Can I lean into the grace being extended to me right now at this moment?
I breathe in the air of today with the expectation of your spirit rising within me.
“May Your peace break into the places of worry and foreboding.
May your grace provide for what we need this coming year.
Shut out the gloom and doom.
Raise up the hopes of your people.
That we may be a light to show the way
For right thinking and a joy filled perspective.
For we are not meant to stay in the world but leave it better with the grace of God.
May we grow in strength and wisdom
In your gracious love.
Remember us because of your goodness and your gracious love.”
Psalm 25:1-7, Psalm 103:12, Luke 2:40
December 29 Prayer
Light has come
The light that has always been
and always is
The light shines upon
The old and the new
The word that holds true in Him
and is already in you
The simple truth
Where there is light there is love and
where there is hate there is only darkness that leads to blindness
As we come near the end of this year may our hearts be led by the light to show the way we are to go.
Pause here to pray
“Show us the way to love
Lead us in the light and when
we wander bring us back into your everlasting, unfailing love
May every thought that rises against love
be brought into your light so we do not fall in the dark.
May this year ahead of us become a brighter one that will begin anew
In the light of life you bring for us to see
The light of love in you and in me.
1 John 2:7-9, Psalm 36:7-9
December 28 Prayer
Anna, a prophet
Widowed and old
never left the place of worship and prayer
Blessed and happy was she
Longing to see the promises fulfilled
She carried with her the generations that came before
Her family came from the line of Asher which means happy and gladness
An olive tree is their symbol
Holding out a branch of hope to the world.
To those who seek redemption and justice,
Deliverance from fear and destruction
She prays all day and night until He appears,
as the young Jesus,
Pause here to pray
and wonder what Anna felt as she recognized Christ in the small child.
‘Lord, strengthen our feeble hearts that are torn by the world's heaviness and worries.
We cry out to you and seek what is right to come forth in all that is wrong in our world.
We feel the sorrow of those that have been treated badly and have suffered for generations.
And we feel the gladness and nearness of your coming now.
What the enemy means for evil will not succeed!
Give us the courage and faith to pray and lay down our gifts like Anna and the wise men,
for the young that will rise up to replace us.
May we bless them and gladly share with them all that we know about the rule and reign of Jesus.
Bless the young with wisdom and strength, courage and hope over any fear.
Let us speak out boldly to those who are seeking and call out the promise that is within them.
That the world would know there is another kingdom greater than what we see now that will last forever.’
May your peace rule and reign in us we pray
December 27 Prayer
See and believe
Lean in and bend low
See the swaddling clothes
become the linen wrapping left behind by a crucified body
No longer there
He is here now
Miracles indeed happen!
The impossible becomes possible
When we say yes and believe
To Hope and love
When we say
Yes to the unfailing love
Who redeems and gifts us with the grace to receive
Look and see the consolation you have long been waiting for,
the answer to your prayers
God is here with you
His light and his glory will be seen.
Lord, we praise you
We give to you our impossible situations
The ones we love that are in danger of losing their lives
Those in hopeless situations
Show your compassion and mercy
Turn things around for your glory
Come to birth your light and hope in us
to all who believe
John 2:2-5, Lk.2:15-32
December 23 Advent prayer
“A child shall be born for us. He will be called God, …and everyone will be blessed in Him.” Is.9:6-8
Here we are almost at Christmas.
The day we celebrate the greatest gift ever given to humans.
Are we the recipients of this grace, this covenant , this word that never leaves us?
O may we come humbly to bow before the miracle manger.
Where all of God became all of man.
The gift of grace for all on the earth.
O what treasure can we bring him?
What offering of gratitude will rise in our hearts?
Pause a moment in all your busyness to pray;
We bend our knee and surrender all of us for all of you.
We open up a space for you to come and dwell within us now.
Fill us with your spirit and word that never leaves us.
May we this day speak only words of heavenly grace.
May we come to your truth to refine and purify us as gold
to become holy people who are wholly yours.
To shine the glory of love, compassion and grace.
When we fail may we always remember you are the gift of grace for us to return once again.
Fulfill your promise though us this day
December 20 Advent Prayer
A Messenger brings a word
After the silence comes a song
Maybe we all need the quiet in this busy season to listen again.
What does the messenger say…?
From another world
from the silence
what is to come
A song of mercy
Of the light to dawn
Of the peace that is for us all!
Take a moment of quiet yourself and listen..
Today in our waiting and excitement
In our weariness we come in a quiet moment to listen to your song of hope
Let your light be spoken over us
May we become your very messengers of peace for our world
Give us an opening
A break in the clouds
To speak forth of the light that is coming
The light that is here.
Lord and ruler
King of the nations
December 16 Advent Prayer
Yesterday was a long day of waiting for us.
Awaiting for a favorable response and answer to prayer.
When it finally came we were filled with relief and joy
but in the midst of the waiting was the feeling of struggle and tension.
There will always be a time to wait.
A time of learning how to trust with faith without dread of what is to come.
A time to trust in the God who is here with us.
“Be not ashamed, fear not!”
Isaiah speaks boldly the words of God.
There will be a day and time for his mercy to come.
So be ready, strengthen and expand where you live in your soul.
Do not be ashamed of the fear you feel, for there is where you will find his love.
May your heart expand in expectancy for his love to grow within and his compassion to show without.
He gives us a covenant of peace through Jesus.
We have that peace already by faith and the assurance that it will never leave us.
So be strong and have courage today.
This battle we all find ourselves in, belongs to the Lord and the victory has already been given.
Pause to pray;
expand our hearts to make more room for your peace to dwell within us and for your compassion to grow.
Help us to know how much your love is for us so we may gaze outwardly through your eyes of love.
No matter what we are facing today, we make the space to choose joy
that will sustain us
as heavenly food for the journey ahead.
May we live in your peace through
December 15 Advent Prayer
“ I am the Lord, and there is no other.”
As we wait another day pause and be in this present moment
to recognize Emmanuel, God with us.
He goes before, He is behind, past and present.
Where do I need God to be present in my life right now?
Where do I long for light to come?
Hear our prayers O Lord as we cry out to you.
Come to where we are today.
Come to where we see the needs all around us.
Come to the world with hope in desperation
and power to bring light from darkness.
Thank you that you are the lord and there is no other
creator that has suffered with us.
That lives with us and carries our burdens.
Today we choose in our waiting to have joy in knowing
we have everything in You.
May we carry your truth and light to others this day.
LIght a candle to light up the darkness.
“Open up, O heavens and pour out your righteousness.
Let the earth open wide so salvation and righteousness
can sprout up together. I, the Lord, created them.”
December 13 Advent Prayer
Mary’s song exclaims;
“The Lord has remembered to show his extravagant mercy!”
The kind of mercy that can only come from heaven
and is not human.
When we ask for mercy and favor
Who are we asking it from?
God or man?
Human mercy is not always just or freely given
but true mercy is from the hand of God.
where you need mercy ask for it
and believe that the Lord's mercies are new
every morning and they are more than enough..
Offer up to God now a situation where mercy is needed in the world.
Lord we come with hands lifted up to You
and ask for Mercy to roll down from heaven and impact the earth.
Come upon the rulers and judges of our world and
rend their hearts humbled before you.
We pray for your truth and mercy will come together in
just decisions and mandates over others.
Oh God of heaven, reign down your compassionate mercy
for those who have faith in you.
We put our complete trust in your faithfulness
this day to hear the cries of those in desperate need.
Come , Lord Jesus!
Isaiah 30:18-21,Lam.3:20-23, Lk.1:50