Walking through the pines at an Advent silent retreat

Holy One,

These last few days of Advent
could be frantic,
a furious sprint
to Christmas Eve:
the lists,
the rehearsals,
the sermons,
the last-minute shopping,
the wrapping of presents,
and mailing cards.
We push. We fret.
We lose the wonder
and joy of the season.

So in the midst of it all,
may we not forget
that Your Presence is real,
Emmanuel,
God with us,
abiding,
walking
with us.

Amen.


Rev. Deborah Vaughn is a hospice chaplain endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists, and Assistant Minister at Twinbrook Baptist Church in Rockville, MD. She blogs at An Unfinished Symphony and was a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She is an avid Buckeye fan down to her scarlet-painted toes!


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