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Morning Prayer

Lord, we are waiting.
How long must we wait?

We wait for your peace. Again and again, we hear of those whose graceless fundamentalism leads to acts of violence and terror. The news tells us of wars and rumors of wars. We even hear of those willing to resort to violence in shopping malls on Black Friday, driven by greed and consumerism. As we wait, help us to fight such fundamentalism and greed in our own hearts, asking for reminders of your peace.

Lord, we are waiting.
How long must we wait?

We wait for your justice.
Justice for the poor, whom you have called blessed.
Justice for those yearning for mental health, struggling against unseen demons.
Justice for the least of these in our midst, those in prison, those who are hungry, our children.
Justice for your earth, the creation that we have abused with our greed.

Lord, we are waiting.
How long must we wait?

We wait for your grace. We try to do it ourselves. We try to earn your love and your favor. We doubt that we are loved. We fight and scratch and claw to get what we think will make us happy.

Lord, we are waiting.
But help us remember today that your grace is one thing we don’t have to wait for,! Like an angel in the night, an unexpected visit from a cousin, a baby in the stable, we receive your unmerited favor.

And so, as we wait for your peace and your justice, may we wait in the hope and knowledge that we are saved and blessed by your grace. That the grace and promise of the baby from Bethlehem has already come and taken from us the need to scratch and claw anymore!

Your prophet Dorothy Day once told us “the greatest challenge of the day is how to bring about a revolution of the heart.”

May this advent be a revolution of our hearts, a reminder of the life that we are called to lead, of peace and justice and hope.  Amen.

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