It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, November 26, 2005

DEVOTION FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT


FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

1ST READING

You, LORD, are our father,our redeemer you are named forever.
Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways,
and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?
Return for the sake of your servants,the tribes of your heritage.
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
with the mountains quaking before you,while you wrought awesome deeds
we could not hope for,such as they had not heard of from of old.
No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you
doing such deeds for those who wait for him.
Would that you might meet us doing right,
that we were mindful of you in our ways!
Behold, you are angry, and we are sinful;
all of us have become like unclean people,
all our good deeds are like polluted rags;
we have all withered like leaves,
and our guilt carries us away like the wind.
There is none who calls upon your name,
who rouses himself to cling to you;
for you have hidden your face from us
and have delivered us up to our guilt.
Yet, O LORD, you are our father;
we are the clay and you the potter:
we are all the work of your hands.

ISAIAH 63:16-17, 19 AND 64:2-7

Let us pray in Advent time with longing and waiting for the coming of the Lord.

Father in heaven, our hearts desire the warmth of your love and
our minds are searching for the light of your Word.
Increase our longing for Christ our Savior and give us the strength to grow in love, that the dawn of his coming may find us rejoicing in his presence and welcoming the light of his truth.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord



During Advent,
take time to see our children playing
take time to see the Christmas lights
take time to hear the carols message
take time to hear the crunch of snow
take time to tell the Jesus story
take time to speak to those alone
take time to feel, smell, and taste
life's too short to grumble
life's too short to worry
life is a gift . . . unwrap it!

‘On Ya ‘ - ma

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