Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 6 December

A path

Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight. 

“Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.” 

Mark 1:3

John the Baptist is in the desert, calling people to repent and to change their ways. He is the messenger foretold by Isaiah.

We, too, are called to repent at Advent. To change our lives and prepare a way for the Lord.

This Advent, things are different from usual. The usual busyness of the season has been quieted by the need to continue to keep our distance from others.

Maybe this means that we have space to reflect on the true meaning of the season. We can spend some time thinking about the occasions we have not got things quite right.

We can seek to re-examine our relationships with God, with each other, and with the earth. Recognising now more than ever, just how interconnected we all are, and how important our relationships with one another remain.

We know that we cannot flourish in isolation, and we can seek to make a change so that together we can rebuild and heal our world.

Advent prayer

Merciful God,
You sent John the Baptist to preach repentance.
Forgive us for the times we have done wrong,
when we have hurt other people
and damaged our earth.
Lead us to make a change, to live differently,
preparing a way and making your paths straight.

Amen.

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Spend time in prayer this Advent, reconnecting with God, and with your neighbour

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