Sunday, December 2, 2007

Come quickly, Lord Jesus

I've told you before how much I admire Henri Nouwen's works. Here's an Advent prayer that he wrote:
Lord Jesus, 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!" Amen.
It can be hard to find quiet places during this season of busyness. Not long ago a sixteen year old told me that he sometimes sits in the car on the street outside his home in order to have the silence and solitude he needs for reflection. I was really impressed. We can find that time, that place, for meditation and contemplation if we're motivated. So, let us not neglect to spend this season of gestation in the silence of holy waiting.

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