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Are you the one? A prayer for Advent 3


Lord we do feel as if life has been held hostage.
Around every corner, there seems to be another obstacle —
Barriers that stand in our way, trip us up and challenge our faith.

Lord we confess that our hope is not fully in you,
Our faith is not in your loving power at work in the world.

We so often put our faith elsewhere.
We put our hope in a new president,
In the activities of politicians,
In the work of scientists overcoming Covid-19,
In the improvement of the economy and our finances.

But while we pray for all these things,
Only you can save us, give us hope and bring us safely through.
Remind us, Lord, that your gift and our goal
is not health and happiness in this world,
It is not wealth and peace and security.

Your gift is eternal life, a place in the family of God;
You give us the gift of love and caring relationships,
The gift of discovering Christ at work in the world,
Finding the presence of God in the lives of people around us,
And bringing hope to desert places.

Though battered and bruised by the challenges we face,
Though afraid of what the next day might bring,
Though weary and desperate for rest,
Give us eyes to see you, a heart to receive you and courage to share our joy.

Help us to challenge our own and our neighbour’s fears
With the sure and certain hope that God is at work,
That those who hold life hostage are being defeated,
And that flowers are blooming even in our wilderness.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

A prayer for Sunday 13 December 2020
To listen to the sermon and the prayer, click here

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Life in Desert Places


A Desert Meditation

Written during a Life Revision Workshop with Jim & Heather Johnson at Beth Shalam, Pietermaritzburg, August 2010

Isaiah 38:4b-8 GNB

“Be strong and don’t be afraid!
God is coming to your rescue, coming to punish your enemies.
The blind will be able to see, and the deaf will hear.
The lame will leap and dance,
and those who cannot speak will shout for joy.

Streams of water will flow through the desert;
the burning sand will become a lake,
and dry land will be filled with springs.
Where jackals used to live, marsh grass and reeds will grow.
There will be a highway there, called the Road of Holiness.”

Only in the desert,
Not in our self sufficiency and self reliance;
Not in our comfort zones, or our frenzied worship of the latest trends.

Only in the desert,
In the empty, uncluttered spaces;
Only in the desert,
A place of dying to the false self, a letting go of all that I cling to,
all that defines me, that gives me a sense of worth.

Only in the desert, when I recognise my blindness,
my inability to see, to understand, to be wise,
when I recognise my inability to speak, to bring words of wisdom, hope, and love,
when I recognise my lameness, my weakness, my need to be carried.

Only in the desert, when all that is false has died,
There in the depths of the desert,
The earth will rejoice,
Water will gush out of the rocks,
and sight and strength and speech will be given.

And what delight and celebration there will be
as we walk the path of life together;

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