Daily Prayers Monday, 5 December 2022
I walk in the solitude of books
by Marie-Claire Bancquart
I walk in the solitude of books:
my heart ices over
with those memories iced over.
The wind pounds on the shutter.
It took a whole life for the cracking of wood to arouse a crucial anticipation.
Beyond the garden
beyond the time before us
there are the fallen husks of chestnuts
the fire of leaves in the fog
the purple windows.
Everything in its place.
And yet the unknown is nearby
like an anxious bird.
Welcome to Prayers for the Day.
We light a candle…
Peace is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the peace we find in Jesus Christ.
We work for peace – because Jesus is the ‘Prince of Peace’ and he calls his children to work for peace in his name.
Lord, you come as a tiny, fragile baby; yet we know that you are God and you are with us.
May the flame of this candle remind us that you are the light of the world and that if we follow you, we will never walk in darkness, but will have the true light of life.
The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.
Silence is kept.
As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.
Lord, when I am feeling lonely,
remind me of your promise,
“You are never alone,
I am with you always,
Yes, to the end of time”.
Lord, grant me the grace
to have freedom of the spirit.
Cleanse my heart and soul
so I may live joyously in your love.
As I talk to you, O God,
help me to grow in appreciation of the gifts of communication.
Grant that I will speak out for those who have no voice
and always have a kind word for those in need.
THE WORD OF GOD
Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
WORDS OF WISDOM
The call of Advent is clear. From both the prophet Isaiah and John the Baptist, we hear, “Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Isaiah was writing to the people exiled far from their homeland. John the Baptist was talking to people who had lost their way in a tangle of politics and religion. In our own lives, we hear this call as well. We all have some roadwork to do in our souls. We might say Advent is construction season.
Diane M. Houdek
PRAYER FOR TODAY
Lord our God, strengthen our hearts today through your Word. You are our Father and we are your children, and we want to trust you in every aspect of our lives. Protect us on all our ways, and grant that we may always watch and wait for the coming of your kingdom, for the future of our Lord Jesus Christ. Keep us from becoming confused by present-day events. Help us to remain free, that we may serve you and not be led astray, no matter what happens in the world. Grant us your Holy Spirit in everything, for without your Spirit we can do nothing. Help us, and accept our praise for the many ways you have given us help.
May God the provider of green pastures and
quiet waters be the peace in our hearts today
May Jesus our guide on mountain top and valley
deep be the hope in our hearts today
May the Spirit of truth and knowledge
comforter and friend be the strength in our hearts today
Thank you for join us. Have a wonderful day
Revd. Ernesto Lozada-Uzuriaga