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First Sunday in Advent

December 2, 2018

On this first Sunday in Advent, we gathered after a day of Sabbath rest and preparation. Wrapping up a week of introspection and contemplation. A time of fellowship, sharing, and renewal. Some were worried when we gathered last Tuesday at CREDO about missing this first Sunday of Advent. However, God met us in the midst of the messiness and anxiety. God spoke to us in the quietness of contemplation.

Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. Guide our hearts as we seek the path you have laid out for us. With Mary, we lift these words: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked with favor on the lowliness of Her servant. (Luke 1:46-48)

Tomorrow we return to our homes, our families, our calls. We return refreshed and renewed. For this week of reflection, prayer, fellowship, worship, and rest, I thank you. For a renewed sense of call, I thank you.

Now, in the words of Thomas Merton, I lift this prayer to you:

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain
where it will end. 

Nor do I really know myself,
and that I think I am following your will
does not mean I am actually doing so.

But I believe
the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire
in all I am doing. 

I hope
I will never do anything
apart from that desire.
And I know if I do this
you will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it.

I will trust you always
though I may seem to be lost
and in the shadow of death.

I will not fear,
for you will never leave me
to face my perils alone.

Lord, in your mercy, hear my humble prayer.

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