Sunday, December 04, 2011

Prepare the Way of the Lord

Jesse Tree
Frater Max Schmalzl, CSsR
1850 - 1930
Second Sunday of Advent

A voice cries out in the wilderness,
"Prepare the way of the Lord." In what direction do our preparations move forward? Do they keep us on the surface, just floating on a choppy sea pushing us from one chore after another, from item to another on an ever growing list of 'to dos'? Here is a prayer from Henri Nouwen which may add a couple of stabilizing pontoons to your  fragile vessel bobbing its way through the season.

Lord Jesus,
     Master of both the light and the darkness,
       send your Holy Spirit upon our preaprations
       for Christmas.
We who have so much to do
      seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things
      look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways
      long for the complete joy of your kingsdom.
We whose hearts are heavy
      seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness,
      yet seeking the light.
To you we say, "Come, Lord Jesus!"
                Henri J.M. Nouwen 1932-1996

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