Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 1 December
"You too must stand ready because the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
As Advent starts today, and we begin our countdown to Christmas, we are reminded that this season is not just time to prepare for celebrating Christ’s birth.
We are reminded that we are also waiting in hope and expectation for Christ who is to come.
Even though we do not know the day or the hour, we are told we must stand ready and waiting, so that we are not caught unprepared.
We can show this readiness to welcome Christ in how we welcome others.
By reaching out to our sisters and brothers when they are in need. By standing alongside them and working with them to build a better future.
By supporting those who are vulnerable because of their age, illness or poverty. And by ensuring that all people feel valued, respected, safe and loved.
you will come when we do not expect you.
Help us to welcome you now in one another,
to reach out to our sisters and brothers,
who are in need of care and support.
And in this way may we be found ready,
when you come again in glory.
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