‘What can I give him, Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb,
If I were a wiseman, I would do my part,
But what I can I give him, give my heart.’
Poem emphasising the purpose of Advent
Advent is a time to wait,
Not quite time to celebrate.
Light the Candles one by one,
Til the advent time is done.
Christmas Day will soon be here,
Time for joy and time for cheer.
Lighting the Advent Candle:
O God, as light comes from this candle,
may the blessing of Jesus Christ come to us,
warming our hearts and
brightening our way.
May Christ our Savior bring life
into the darkness of this world,
and to us, as we wait for his coming.
Pray during Advent
Pray for attentiveness to what truly matters, without being distracted by trivial things.
Pray for opportunities to learn something new regularly.
Pray for discernment of how God would like you to set your priorities and the ability to focus on them consistently to fulfill His purposes in your life.
Pray for the grace to be able to rest, become aware of God's presence, and enjoy it.
Pray for strong relationships with other people in the bond of a loving community.
Pray for peace in all situations, no matter what the circumstances.
Pray for an enlivened imagination that helps you contribute to the world in creative ways.
Pray for freedom from all that burdens you - past mistakes, fears, destructive habits, hurts other people have inflicted, and more.
Pray for joy and a sense of humor.
Pray for confidence in God's love for you and trust in His power to work things out for the best in your life.
Pray for a clear mind and the ability to clearly communicate what you value to others.
Pray for purity so you can grow as a person and encounter God more fully.
Pray for openness to the Holy Spirit's guidance.
Pray for a genuine awareness of God's grace in your life and the humility to extend grace to others.
Pray for a passion to pursue justice.
~ Edited from Whitney Hopler's “Pray for Simplicity this Advent”