MERCIFUL AND LOVING GOD, welcome to my quiet space. Thank you for coming when I called.
I need you right now.
I need to be with you.
I need to feel your touch.
I need to hear your voice.
So many things are happening, and I feel overwhelmed. . . . I feel as if I’ve lost you in the midst of everything around me. And so, I sit quietly now and welcome your presence here with me.
Speak to me, O God, in this brief space. Slow my anxious thoughts, still my pounding heart, calm my fears and doubts. . . .
Remind me that I am your child and that I don’t have to be afraid or overwhelmed.
Touch me, God, in this moment. Let me feel your hand upon me, your love pouring over me, your comforting Holy Spirit all around me. . . .
Thank you for your ever-present love.
Keep me in your presence today, O Lord, no matter what befalls me.
– Patricia Wilson
From pages 24-26 of Quiet Spaces: Prayer Interludes for Women by Patricia Wilson. Copyright © 2002 by Patricia F. Wilson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Consider using all or part of the prayer above as part of a daily Advent practice. Share your thoughts.
In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
Jeremiah 33:15 NRSV
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Did You Know?
It’s not too late to join Upper Room eLearning for this year’s online Advent retreat, Singing Mary’s Song: An Advent Message of Hope and Deliverance. Daily meditations, audio readings, and online small group discussions will take us from December 3 – December 29 (eRetreat classroom opens November 30) all from your computer. Join in anytime from anywhere you have Internet access. Learn more.
This week we remember Sister Dorothy Kazel (November 12).
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