Dec  2009 16
Burn in Us, God

We seek the light of Advent through this prayer by Kay Northcutt.


            Third Sunday of Advent

O God!

You led your people

through the wilderness

with a pillar of fire by night.

Burn now in our hearts

as we wait for the light:

your promised Child

For still, God, we wander in a wilderness

that threatens to consume us.

We give in to the pressures of our culture,

rushing to meet expectations we cannot fulfill.

We diminish the glory of this life you gave us,

Living it by lists of "things to do today"

Burn in us, God,

until we are like the bush Moses met in the desert:

burning but not consumed

Hear our prayers of confession, Holy One,

that even as we are fully aware of the joy

and comfort of those we love—

in this Advent time especially—

we miss the ones who are gone from us,

separated from us by time, space, or

human misunderstanding

This season of light reminds us of the light that

has gone out of our lives—

whether sister, brother, mother, father, grandparents,

husband, wife, partner.

We miss them.

We miss those in this church community

gone before us,

now in the cloud of witness among us

Hear our prayers of gratefulness

for those we love

whose hearts are now with you.

We silently call their names to you now:

            Silent prayer

Because you have promised, God,

we ask that those who grieve find comfort,

that those who know the anguish of illness receive healing,

and that those who know the heartache of estrangement

come home to the peace of restored relationship

Scrape the scales from our eyes,

that this Advent we may recognize your Child's presence

in the poor, the outcast, the addicted, the suffering

that we might be eager to find Jesus there


 Kay Bessler Northcutt, Praying by Heart: Prayers for Personal Devotion and Public Worship (Cleveland, OH: United Church Press, 1998), 6-8.  Used by permission.

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