Advent Petition

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Day 5 - December 7, 2023

Advent Petition

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9

Dear Lord, as I prepare to celebrate your coming to earth and the love and joy of the season ahead, I want to cherish this time of anticipation with hope.  I believe Advent is truly about welcoming a new Era of God’s love for us through the gift of his son.  Despite this belief, I struggle to focus on the promise of your birth, when I am so focused on the pain and suffering of those affected by the wars around us.  

I know that despite this chaos I desire to fully appreciate and participate in this time of preparation through prayer and service.  Since I find that difficult at this time I humbly come before you with these petitions and ask for your help as I try to do the following during this Advent season: 

  • I need to pray to you for peace; knowing that only through your love and grace can these conflicts truly end.
  • I need to pray to continue to trust in you during difficult times. 
  • I need to pray for the grace to be aware of God’s presence in all things.
  • I need to pray that all find the joy in this blessed season of preparation.
  • I need to pray for the ability to focus on your purpose during this time vs. other distractions or worries.
  • I need to pray to always recognize your love in my life and be thankful for your gifts.

“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”  Matthew 5:44

“He will be a Joy and Delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth.”  Luke 1:14

In your name Lord, we pray, we rejoice. Amen.

by Mary Alice Grosser

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