December 5

Read Luke 1:68-79.

This surely can’t be our destination! 

For we long for a world of peace. 

But we are stuck —

Trapped in our own darkness and all that divides us. 

We are unable to seek joy; 

we have lost our love for our neighbors. 

As we continue to spiral in the pool of chaos, 

we wonder — is this really our fate? 

No, for you promised us mercy and goodness. 

Shine your light on us once more. 

Direct our tired and achy feet in the way of peace, 

That even in our exhaustion, 

we may prepare ourselves for your coming reign —

for your great joy and love

this day and forevermore.


God of peace, in a broken and hurting world we long to be made whole. Show us signs of your love — shine your light upon our darkness. Bind us to one another, reminding us of our connectedness. May you guide our steps back to one another and to you this day, that we may prepare our hearts to welcome Christ. Amen. 

Rev. Maggie Alsup


Lyon College

Editor’s Note: This reflection and prayer are part of our new-this-year companion guide, which also features additional resources for each Sunday in Advent and Christmas, including candle lighting liturgies, context about the Scripture readings, and discussion questions. Find the companion guide here.

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