Reflections on Advent

This past advent season I read We Hear the Angels: Ancient Prayers for Advent by JoAnn Streeter Shade. This collection of advent prayers through the centuries includes a prayer  written by Frank Borman and broadcast on Christmas Eve 1968 while he orbited the moon as part of the Apollo 8 mission.

Give us, O God, the vision which can see Your love in the world in spite of human failure. Give us the faith to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness. Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts. And show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace.

Perhaps because I am excited about my soon to begin around-the-world cruise, this prayer resonated with me. I do hope not only to see love and goodness in the world but to share it and in that sharing do my bit for that universal peace. May this be a prayer for all of us in the New Year.

 

 

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