Advent Prayer for Hope

Creator God,

It with much anticipation that we await the birth of Christ! While we wait, God, remind us of Christ’s presence in each of our lives and how his presence continuously transforms us – how Christ finds good in us, when we live in a world that sometimes lacks hope. Help us to find hope when all we see is fear and terror. Help us to provide opportunities that cultivate a sense of hope in a tragically broken and fragmented world. Help us to hopeful that one day violence in the news won’t be a daily occurrence. Help us to be hopeful about the future and be hopeful that future generations will see the good in all of humanity. Help us to see the needs of this world and focus ourselves on you, God rather than the color of a coffee cup, black Friday sales, or what a Reese’s cup Christmas tree looks like.   Help us to recapture what it means to be a hopeful and faithful people as we anticipate the arrival of the Christ child. Amen.

This prayer was shared in worship at First Baptist Church, Sylva on November 29, 2015. 


What If…

I tend to read two or three books at one time, simply because I like reading and well there are so many good options it’s hard to pick just one book. Currently I’m reading one book on finding God in people and having an authentic faith, the other is about advent and how we should give more and spend less during the year. While both of these books don’t exactly go together I have made them come together in my cluttered brain.

Here’s a few “what-ifs” I’ve scribbled down over the past few weeks as I’ve read both books.

What if we attempted to gain a deeper understanding of our walk with Christ?

What if we tried to find moments Hope, Joy, Peace and Love in our daily life?

What if we quit caring about Starbucks cups?

What if we complained less?

What if we prayed more?

What if we started giving to people all year around and not just during the holiday season?

What if we spent more time with the ones we love rather than being on our device?

What if we tried to find the good in all people no matter how much we didn’t like them?

Yeah….what if….