by Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Loving God, you are our peace;
prepare our hearts for your coming.
Forge the swords of bitterness into plows of blessing;
till the soil of our souls for your springing forth in us.
Remove our heart’s defensive armor,
clothe us in light alone,
and pierce our wide-open hearts with your love.
By your Spirit in us, may we be at peace:
awake, and ready to welcome your presence.
Steve Garnaas-Holmes is a poet, songwriter, and ordained pastor in the UMC in MA, where he lives with his wife, Beth. He writes a daily reflection, Unfolding Light (unfoldinglight.net), as well as lectionary-based music and worship resources.
Credit: Advent/Christmas prayers by Steve Garnaas-Holmes. © 2013 Alive Now. Permission granted to use in corporate worship settings. From November/December 2013 Alive Now. Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room.
Emmaus helped me laugh again, and it brought joy back to my life after the loss of my child. I am now stronger than ever in my walk with the Lord. And to this day, I continue to sponsor pilgrims to The Walk to Emmaus. In my local church, I have led our discipleship team and have had the opportunity to start new Sunday school classes and various women’s ministries. ¡De Colores!”