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20 Dec 2016

 

Practising Prayer in Advent

Advent is one of the church’s “seasons of preparation” – time to get ready for the great celebrations of Christmas and Epiphany; when Jesus is born and when Jesus is recognised.

For these few weeks, we are going to practice a prayer of waiting. Do join us if you can.

Find a place and time when you can sit and be still for 15 minutes at least. Settle yourself into a comfortable and alert position. Take 10 deep breaths.

 

“Waiting like a child for Christmas” is an image sometimes used to speak of excitement, impatience, delight and expectation. It is a wonderful feeling; full of promise, hope, energy and just a hint of something bigger. How are you waiting for Christmas? What are you waiting for this Christmas? Has it got jaded, or is there room for the hope, the possibility, the excitement?

Notice if there is cynicism or resentment in your approach to Christmas and notice where such reactions come from. Do you need to ask for or offer forgiveness? Do you need to pray for healing? Do you simply need to let go of the need for everything to be perfect – or the need to make everything perfect – and let things be as they are?

Offer your hopes – and fears, your waiting and desiring to the Spirit. Invite the Spirit to bring hope and life to birth within you.

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