by Cynthia Langston Kirk
Dawn gives birth to light; peace is born of struggle. Zechariah’s introspective silence gives way to God’s plan and Zechariah prepares to welcome his son into the world. We light the second Advent candle as a reminder that God prepared, is preparing, and will prepare ways for us to encounter the Christ Child.
God of Conversions, take us to the silent places where we can encounter you. Make us slow to criticize and quick to reconcile; slow to skepticism and swift to listen. Bless our soul-searching preparation with your Light that we might turn toward your son, in whose name we pray. 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 piecingstories.com.
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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