Wednesday, June 23

An Advent Prayer (an Advent Reflection)

Post 6 in the Crystallize Meaning through Creativity: An Advent Event
Scripture: Hebrews 11:32-34
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An Advent Prayer

Rev. Mark Sandlin

Rev. Mark Sandlin has a strong online presence at “The God Article” ( and as a contributing writer to “Sojourners” (  He is a Presbyterian minister from NC and an outspoken leader in equal rights. He was recently featured on the front page of Huffington Post: Religion section.


Good and gracious God,

As we move into Advent
and find ourselves surrounded
by the beginnings of
the secular celebration of Christmas,
as we hear preachers and teachers

encouraging us
to wait for Christmas,
to appreciate the anticipation
of the child
who will be born in a manger,
as we are encouraged
to not rush into Christmas,
also help us to see
that the Christmas story
is not stuck in time.
We are not to wait
for that moment in time,
celebrate it,
and then move on
to our everyday lives.

The Christmas story
is to change us.
Remind us
that when we celebrate it
as a moment in time
and then, as time passes,
leave it behind,
we relegate it to
a pleasant and mystical story
whose significance
is merely that it makes us act
like better people
for a day or two.

Teach us to carry the Christmas story
with us in all parts of our lives.
Encourage us to carry
the joy and hope,
the peace and love,
with us in all the days of our lives.
Encourage us to share it
with each person
we meet
and, in doing so,
teach us to create
Heaven on Earth
even if it is
only for a moment
in time.


32 And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions,34 quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

(c) 2013, Mark Sandlin

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(c) 2013, Terri Stewart

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