As Advent draws near its end, I am thinking and feeling greater joy in anticipation of Jesus appearance both in terms of eschatology and in the everyday as he reveals himself in his people and his creation. While I have no idea if writing these prayers has made a real difference for anyone else, I have enjoyed making the effort to connect with Jesus and refocus on him every week.
I know that not only praying these prayers but also writing them and posting them here has helped me to feel connected with the larger people of God scattered around the world who also center themselves around Jesus’ coming both past and future.
As the first three prayers were based on John 1, this one moves into John 2 and the wedding feast at Cana. I envision this story of Jesus’ first miracle being a fitting parallel to the celebration and transformation Jesus will bring with his appearance and new creation. I pray these words to tune my spirit with that hope, and I pray it helps you also.
Let us pray.
Long-awaited Jesus, bring us rest for our weary hearts, bring us peace for our troubled minds, and bring us joy at seeing your face.
We anticipate the wedding feast, the celebration of your presence and our connection forever with you.
When our lives run dry, we rest in the hope that you will replenish us. We await the hour when you come and reinvent the world.
With patience at times and sometimes without it, we plead with you to transform our lives and provide what we can never provide for ourselves.
We trust you to take the emptiness of religion and fill us with the richness of new creation in you. We submit ourselves to your transforming power and your wisdom to make us into our true selves, the people you made us to be.
With joy, we praise you for your wonderful power and grace, coming once to give us what we needed and coming again to make all things complete.
We place our trust in you. Help us also to believe in the glory you have revealed as we look expectantly toward the fullness of the future you bring. Come, Lord Jesus.