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Advent Word for Day 12 – HOPE 

 Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,

we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks

through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

When he humbled himself to come among us as a man,

he fulfilled the plan you formed long ago

and opened for us the way to salvation.

Now we watch for the day,

hoping that the salvation promised us will be ours

when Christ our Lord will come again in his glory.

And so, with all the choirs of angels in heaven

we proclaim your glory and join in their unending hymn of praise:

Glory to God in the highest and peace on all the earth!  Amen.



If our lives are dry and parched,

Lord, send the living waters of your Spirit

to revive us, to enliven us,

to bring forth new life.

Immanuel, come quickly.

If our times are empty and barren,

Lord, grant us a rich harvest,

send us home with sheaves of blessing,

fill us with your abundance,

and teach us to share the harvest with others.

Immanuel, come quickly.

 If our bodies are weary and heavy laden,

Lord, fill us with laughter;

give us shouts of joy;

envelop us with your gladness.

Immanuel, come quickly.

If our lives are small and trivial,

Lord, make us see great things;

enlarge our vision;

widen our borders.

Immanuel, come quickly. —based on Psalm 126