Prayer for the Beginning of Advent — Mary Luti, USA

You give us Advent, Lord,
and we are grateful and glad
to abide in your time,
urgent, yet measured,
imagining life.

You give us Advent, Lord,
and we are grateful and glad
to watch by your light,
candid, yet hidden,
sharp as a truth.

You give us Advent, Lord,
and we are grateful and glad
to welcome your hope,
wholesome, yet fearsome,
child-shaped on straw.

You give us Advent, Lord,
and with your grace
we will keep it,
abiding, watching, welcoming.

We will keep it, with your help,
for our souls’ sake, which you love,
and for the sake of the world,
heart of your heart.
Amen.

by Mary Luti, Cambridge, Massachussetts USA