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Day 5, Advent

Walter Brueggemann was one of my professors in seminary.  He is a powerful and prolific writer and a great teacher.  He writes a prayer before every class or sermon or lecture and these prayers are beautiful.  Here is a prayer he wrote entitled, "Waiting and Longing" as he read Daniel.  It's words are wonderful for the Advent season as well.

God of the seasons,
God of the years,
God of the eons,
     Alpha and Omega,
     before us and after us.

You promise and we wait:
                                    we wait with eager longing,
                                    we wait amid doubt and anxiety,
                                    we wait with patience thin
                                           and then doubt,
                                           and then we take life into our own hands.

We wait because you are the one and the only one.
We wait for your peace and your mercy,
     for your justice and your good rule.

Give us your spirit that we may wait
     obediently and with discernment,
     caringly and without passivity,
     trustingly and without cynicism,
     honestly and without utopianism.

Grant that our wait may be appropriate to your coming
     soon and very soon,
     soon and not late,
     late but not too late.

We wait while the world groans with eager longing.

Posted by Laurie Weicher at 6:30 AM
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