Advent Day 6: A prayer by Rev Jenny Adams

As we prepare for the coming of God’s Son during this season of Advent, Rev Jenny Adams, the minister of Duffus, Spynie and Hopeman Parish Church, has written a prayer on our theme for this year - Joy to the World.

Rev Jenny Adams

“Joy to the world” – is that a promise, God?
Can we hold you to that promise, God, in the world, right now?
When we hear again the words of your angel messenger,
“Do not be afraid; for see - I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people,”
can we hope for that,
can we trust in that,
can we work for that with you?

We pay attention to your world, God,
to the climate emergency and a polluted creation,
to divisions and disasters and destruction.
Help us pay attention to you saying, “Do not be afraid,”
trusting the good news that you are here with us.
Help us pay attention to the wonder of creation,
to the diversity that has evolved,
to vast landscapes and seas,
to the mystery of microbes and molecules.
And help us find our place in your creation,
where fear evolves into action,
caring, changing, hoping,
so that we may dare joy.

We pay attention to your people, God,
to violence and conflict and the refugee catastrophe,
to loneliness and loss and pain.
Help us pay attention to you saying, “Do not be afraid,”
trusting the good news that you are here with us.
Help us pay attention to your amazing people,
who are reaching out to one another,
who are speaking up for one another,
in astonishing diversity of cultures and identities.
And help us find our place in humanity,
where isolation evolves into community,
including, welcoming, reconciling,
so that we may dare joy.

“Do not be afraid; for see - I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.”
Help us to help you with that, God,
to bring joy to the world.

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