A Prayer for the Second Week of Advent
2 This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
2 In the last days
the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
and all nations will stream to it.
3 Many peoples will come and say,
‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.’
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 He will judge between the nations
and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into ploughshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war any more.
5 Come, descendants of Jacob,
let us walk in the light of the Lord.
In this time of waiting remind me that we your people still await the return of your son Jesus to renew your creation. Your son became like me; we know you do not abandon me. Your son promised to come again; I have a sure hope that will prevail. But, Lord, your world still shudders under the weight of injustice and brokenness. Sometimes it seems like Christmas-time magnifies the pain, injustice and isolation in this world even more. God, impress upon me that Jesus will come to reign and will put an end to war, bloodshed and hatred. Make my heart like Jesus’ heart so that I might be a faithful ambassador of this world-to-come where there will be no need for weapons or war-games. Give me the courage to share this message with those I love and care about.