We will light our first Advent candle this coming Sunday. Henri J. M. Nouwen believed in not only welcoming Advent through prayers for Christ’s coming, but also in taking a daily Advent action. What small act might each of us perform daily in this season of anticipation? Here is an advent prayer by Henri Nouwen for you, for all of us:
Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our
preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”