Fourth Sunday of Advent


by Cynthia Langston Kirk

Lighting the Fourth Candle

Let the flames of justice illuminate the dark corners of oppression and the deep crevices of hatred. Teach us the words to Mary’s song. Give us big voices and courageous hearts not only to sing, but also to live your song of life-giving justice. We light this fourth Advent candle waiting and preparing for the One with whom we can feed the hungry and dine with outcasts and strangers. Amen.


God who is always on the side of the marginalized and exploited, kindle a fire in our hearts for those in need. Help us live in such a way that sparks of hope and redemption will pass from generation to generation. We pray, willing to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you. Amen.

Cynthia Langston Kirk is a poet and a minister living in Tucson, Arizona. Cynthia and her husband enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and godchildren. Read more of her writing at

Credit: Advent/Christmas prayers by Cynthia Langston Kirk. © 2012 Alive Now. Permission granted to use in corporate worship settings. From November/December 2012 Alive Now. Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. 

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