Advent Day 21: A prayer from Rev Anne Stewart, prison chaplain
Published on 19 December 2020
Rev Anne Stewart, a chaplain at HMP Castle Huntly near Dundee, has written a prayer to mark this year's Advent, as Christmas Day draws ever closer.
"There shall be no more night, and they will not need lamps or sunlight, because the Lord God will be their light…" (Revelation 22:5).
God our Father,
In spite of the darkness of winter when we sometimes long for the brightness and warmth of summer,
and when some of us are in a "dark time" spiritually too,
we rejoice in your glorious light and bask in the warmth of your love.
We invite you into our darkness.
We pray today for those who will be spending Christmas in prison.
You are present there with them just as you are here with us, and just as you are with their families and with their victims.
But they may feel that you are far away and that they are alone.
We ask you to give them the gift of faith you have given us.
Lord of all grace, shine your healing, restoring, sanctifying light into the depth of their darkness.
Help them to find peace and hope for tomorrow.
In the name of Jesus, the Light of the World,
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