Lord, help us prepare our hearts for your coming.
The word of God came to John.
oh, let us hear
the Baptist crying out to us:
“Prepare the way, make straight the paths.
Every valley filled and hill made low.
All flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
God of endless newness,
carve fresh roads into our wilderness.
Let our whole life point
He has been
and will be
turning our deserts
THE FIRST READING
For God has commanded that every lofty mountain be made low.
Help us shed our clothes of mourning,
Help us shake off our misery.
Show your splendor
Give us a new name,
Please give us
Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11
That your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value.
Our Father, give us, this day,
every kind of wisdom,
we ask you,
continue to complete
the good work you began in us,
until the day of the coming of Christ Jesus.
2015, Anne M. Osdieck. All rights reserved.
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