A Prayer for the First Week of Advent
46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
O Lord, still my restless and wandering heart.
At this time of expectation help me to be mindful of the wonders you have done for me in Jesus.
Because you became like me you know my hopes and my fears, my joys and my pains. You get me better than I know myself. Lord, I am never alone because you are with me. In the midst of work, of Christmas parties and of busyness, help my soul to glorify you, for you have been mindful of your people. You made promises long ago that you would rescue all who call on you. And, Lord, you never forgot them. You heard the cries of those who call on you and I know this because you sent your son. You performed wonders when you sent Jesus - your fullness become flesh like me. Surely you name is fearful and holy.
In all the buzz and hype of Christmas remind me that you did not come in the form of the rich and powerful of this world, but chose to come in the form of a lowly son-of-a-carpenter born in Bethlehem. You did not not desire the approval of others or the material security this world offers. Father, your son was not welcome in the halls of power, nor did he care to win the approval of the rich and famous. Make my heart like Jesus’ heart this Christmas time, so that I might love those around me like you have loved me.