Sunday 22 December 2019

About Today Readings

4th Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 7:10-14. Psalm 23(24):1-6. Romans 1:1-7. Matthew 1:18-24.
Let the Lord enter; he is king of glory – Psalm 23(24):1-6.
‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel, a name that means “God-is-with-us”.’

Lord, as we come to prayer we know that you are with us. Prayer is not so much something that we do, but rather what you do in us.

However sometimes it can seem that we spend time waiting for you to come to us. Prayer can be so hard and dry. There can be times when we grow weary of waiting. But then we know there are also special times when we have known your presence. At those times you come to us in such simple ways that it’s like a renewal, like Christmas to a child.

Today, as we pray to you, give us the patience to wait for your coming. Give us the faith to believe in your promise that you will come. Give us the insight to see you present even when you seem to be absent. Let us know you as Emmanuel, God-with-us.

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