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by Beth Ann Gaede

Divine Mystery, the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.
Oh, come to us, abide with us.

Loving Mystery, you have lifted every sorrow, fear, and hatred that weighs us down.
Oh, come to us, abide with us.

Living Mystery, you have trampled the powers of death that oppress your people.
Oh, come to us, abide with us.

Faithful Mystery, you sent into the world as a child your Son, the Prince of Peace.
Oh, come to us, abide with us.

Powerful Mystery, through Jesus, you have established justice and righteousness on the earth.
Oh, come to us, abide with us.

Eternal Mystery, glory to you in the highest heaven.
Oh, come to us, abide with us.

Gentle Mystery, let your peace fill all the earth.
Oh, come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel. Amen.


Beth Ann Gaede is an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor. She was editor of Alive Now and has worked with dozens of religious authors and publishers. Beth enjoys travel, studying Spanish, canoeing in the wilderness, and fly-fishing for trout.

Credit: Advent/Christmas prayers by Beth Ann Gaede. Permission granted to use in corporate worship settings. From November/December 2015 Alive Now. Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room. 

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