An empty Carolina Wren's nest made of leaves, moss and pine needles
An abandoned Carolina wren nest

Holy One,

This Advent season is full of rehearsals, planning, writing, and logistics. We worry about whether to open up our buildings, or stay closed because of the global pandemic. We feel the pressure to make things “the way they used to be” when we have seen so many deaths… We see the empty seats in our sanctuaries and around our holiday tables…

We are grieving, and we are trying hard to forget that we are.

Help us leave behind the unused window dressings of our faith, the things which distract us, or distance us from one another. Help us remember and honor the beloved moments in our past, and be ever looking forwards to your leadership and guidance.

Remind us that you are still speaking… As we cling to the promise of Hope in a God who is always there, renew our trust in your compassion and grace.

May we leave behind all that entraps us, and wander towards you in this Advent season.

Blessed Be! Amen.


Rev. Deborah Vaughn, BCC, is a chaplain endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists. She lives with her beloved bearded spouse of many years in Maryland, and currently serves as a hospice chaplain and in providing pulpit supply. She is a herder of cats, and remains a die-hard Ohio State fan. You can find more of her writing at An Unfinished Symphony.


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