I hope you all are doing well and enjoying this wondrous season of Advent–as we await the coming of our Saviour. I must admit that James and I have fallen by the wayside. How can that be? We seemingly live so simple yet we find it difficult to set aside this much needed time to reflect on what this season truly means.
For me, part of the reason is that I need help. I need some kind of guideline to really “help me think.” I am a true Advent newbie, as I have stated before, so I have no traditions on which to fall back. So, I went searching the web today and found some more ideas. The one I am going to cut and paste for us really stood out to me. I hope you enjoy it as well.
- Pray for attentiveness to what truly matters, without being distracted by trivial things.
- Pray for opportunities to learn something new regularly.
- Pray for discernment of how God would like you to set your priorities and the ability to focus on them consistently to fulfill His purposes in your life.
- Pray for the grace to be able to rest, become aware of God’s presence, and enjoy it.
- Pray for strong relationships with other people in the bond of loving community.
- Pray for peace in all situations, no matter what the circumstances.
- Pray for an enlivened imagination that helps you contribute to the world in creative ways.
- Pray for freedom from all that burdens you – past mistakes, fears, destructive habits, hurts other people have inflicted, and more.
- Pray for joy and a sense of humor.
- Pray for confidence in God’s love for you and trust in His power to work things out for the best in your life.
- Pray for a clear mind and the ability to clearly communicate what you value to others.
- Pray for purity so you can grow as a person and encounter God more fully.
- Pray for openness to the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
- Pray for a genuine awareness of God’s grace in your life and the humility to extend grace to others.
- Pray for a passion to pursue justice.
Adapted from When True Simplicity is Gained: Finding Spiritual Clarity in a Complex World, copyright 1998 by Martin E. Marty. Published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Mich., http://www.eerdmans.com, 1-800-253-7521.