Advent Prayer for Thursday

Father, thank You for fresh grace and a week full of promise. Lead me in Your way and fill my heart with Your love and joy.

Father, help me to see others as You see them. I ask that you guide every decision, response, effort and conversation I have all for your glory.

In Jesus’ name Amen

As We Begin Advent

I always prepare for Advent with Google searches. I know that may sound odd, but I like to begin Advent with a refreshed sense of prayer. I love looking for resources that will make this the best Advent ever. My search this year took me to Creighton University’s Online Ministries. The site is filled with resources to add to my growing Advent library. I hope you will find that special way in which your family may dive into Advent with renewed faith, hope, and prayer. “We begin Advent, we light one candle in the midst of all the darkness in our lives and in the world. It symbolizes our longing, our desire, our hope. Three “advents” or “comings” shape our desire. We want to be renewed in a sense that Jesus came to save us from our sin and death. We want to experience his coming to us now, in our everyday lives, to help us live our lives with meaning and purpose. And we want to prepare for his coming to meet us at the end of our lives on this earth.”

Each day this week, let’s start with a focus on faith. Take just a moment to remember that Christ is our light. Pause to pray for hope, joy, and love in our ever changing world.

“Lord, the light I choose to let into my life today is based on my trust in you. It is a weak flame, but I so much desire that it dispel a bit more darkness today. Today, I just want to taste the longing I have for you as I go to the meeting this morning, carry out the responsibilities of my work, face the frustration of some difficult relationships. Let this candle be my reminder today of my hope in your coming.”

Remember to take time for prayers as you gather for your evening meal and light the family Advent wreath. Encourage all members of your family to share what this week of Advent has meant to them, how are we all preparing for Christ’s coming.

This Advent, as a school, our Opening will include special Advent prayers, lighting the Advent Wreath, as well as traditional faith filled Christmas carols as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord and His coming once again.

We are also making this a December to Remember! See the calendar for our very special 12 (really 13) Days of Christmas HFCS style.

Pax et Bonum,

Sue Styren