Advent Day 5: A prayer from Rev Elsie Macrae

For the fifth day of Advent, Rev Elsie Macrae, the minister at Moffat: St Andrews, Kirkpatrick Juxta and Wamphray, has written a prayer on our theme for this year — Light in the Darkness.

Rev Elsie Macrae
Rev Elsie Macrae has written a prayer for this year's Advent calendar — 'Light in the Darkness'

Father God,
this Advent we come before Your throne of grace,
we come with our brokenness,
we come with our fears, anxieties and worries, yes!
Lord, we come simply as we are.

Almighty God,
we have been overwhelmed with everything that is happening in our current lives,
especially this past year.
We indeed have been shaken, frightened and we now feel displaced with no grounding,
we are hurting as we struggle to hold on to something,
and yet find nothing to hold on to.

Father God,
forgive our ways.
We are continually searching for Your face, we ask you come down.
May we feel Your power move amongst us this Advent.
Make clear to us, Father, the meaning of Christ's coming.
Come comfort Your children,
may your presence be felt in this frightened world we live in.
Hear these, our prayers, Lord,
[Romans 15:13]

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