Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 8 December
“John the Baptist appeared; he proclaimed this message…: ‘Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is close at hand.’”
John the Baptist appears, preaching in the wilderness, calling people to repent and change their ways.
We, too, are called to repent at Advent. To change our lives and to prepare a way for the Lord.
It is time to think about the times when we have not got things quite right. The times when our actions have had negative consequences, for those closest to us, for our community or for our world.
The times when we have placed our desires over the needs of our sisters and brothers living in poverty.
The times when we have prioritised convenience over the environment.
Let us all try to make a change, to live differently this Advent. Let us renew our relationship with God, with each other and with the earth, recognising that we are all connected.
Let us reach out to others with the help and support that they need to flourish.
How will you make a change this Advent?
You sent John the Baptist to preach repentance.
Forgive us for the times when 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.
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