An Advent Prayer

I did the Advent prayer for my church this past Sunday for Advent 4 (Peace). I thought I would share it with you.

Holy God,

This 4th Sunday of Advent we light the candle of peace,

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But inside our hearts ache.

They ache for Aleppo

They ache for Yemen

They ache for the deep divisions in our country

They ache for our neighbors and our families.

At times, we don’t feel peace within our hearts,

With the pressures of our world crashing up against us

peace seems to be an allusion.

Lord, hear our lament, hear our confession, and hear our prayers.

We are reminded by Jeremiah that your peace is established by justice,

And that your justice came in the form of a poor baby in the Middle East

Who turned the world right side up*

And gave us a new vision of peace.

As we wait in advent, longing when this peace will fully be realized,

Let us recognize the Spirit you gave us

To continue your work of peace today.

And remind us

That our hearts are not at peace, until found in you, o God**




*I first heard this phrase is attributed to my preaching professor. Dr. Mike Graves, at St. Paul School of Theology.

**This is an allusion to Augustine’s Confessions, where he says “Our hearts cannot rest until found in you, O Lord.”