by Maria Kane
Redeeming God, we are given many labels throughout our lives,
help us remember that the only one that matters is Beloved.
When we are unsure of our purpose,
grant us the conviction of John the Baptist.
When we cower in the face of great responsibility or therejection of others,
grant us the tenacity of Joseph to trust
not in our reputation, but in your love.
When we want to give in to disbelief and despair,
grant us the trust and joyful abandon of Mary.
When we face long nights of darkness and uncertainty,
grant us the eternal hope of the Wise Ones.
When the terrors and heartaches of this world threaten our faith,
grant us the confidence and witness of the shepherds in the night.
When hope fails us and doubt constrains us,
let us remember the redeeming Love that comes down on Christmas and lasts for always.
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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