Today on the first Sunday of Advent, a season of hope and a time of spiritual journeying
towards Christmas, the first candle is lit on the Advent wreath.
Remembering God is ever-present with me, the days of Advent help me focus on Jesus
in preparation for the celebration of his coming among us, the gift of the Holy Spirit
and the coming of Christ's Glory at the end of time.
Good and gracious God, you know how much clutter fills my mind and heart these days. Help me pay attention to your presence in my life. Help me look for and find opportunities this Advent to become more aware of how much you touch my life each day. Help me to have faith and hope in you. Amen.
Advent prayers and meditations, 'The Lord is Near' Henri J.M. Nouwen.