We await you on the eve of this Advent season, Holy Child. Help us to remember to wait as your mother Mary waited — not passively but actively.
As Mary ran to her kinswoman, remind us to seek out the wisdom and companionship of elders and sisters.
As Mary imagined a world in which the usual order would be turned upside-down, give us the vision to imagine the true peace that you desire for your beautiful and broken creation.
As Mary sang an old justice song and made it new, put old and new songs of hope, equity and compassion on our own lips.
As Mary dared the journey, even when it was not convenient or comfortable, grant us the courage to set forth, one painful step in front of the other, until the new thing that we feel kicking at our bellies is, at last, born. Amen.
Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as pastor at First Congregational Church -UCC in Vancouver, Washington. She contributed to the Revgals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit and is the author of the not-really-about-a-triathlon memoir Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How I Lost a Triathlon and Caught My Breath. She blogs at There Is a River.
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