by Maria Kane
Tear open the heavens, O God;
we are your children who long for your coming.
Sorrow, injustice, and fear surround us on every side.
With our hearts on bended knee, we cry to the heavens:
Come Lord, Jesus, set your people free!
Free us from the snares of darkness that drive us away from you,
that we may entrust ourselves to your love.
In the confidence of your love, we march toward Bethlehem
as our souls await the dawning of your redeeming light.
Maria Kane is an Episcopal priest, writer, and historian of American religion. This fall, she began she began serving as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Waldorf, MD. Her greatest joy is being godmother to her two young godchildren.
Credit: Advent/Christmas prayers by Maria Kane. © 2014 Alive Now. Permission granted to use in corporate worship settings. From November/December 2014 Alive Now. Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room.
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