Advent Prayer for Home

Advent at home

With the retail world in full Christmas-shopping swing, workplaces and schools scheduling concerts, parties, and charity drives, travel plans, dinner plans, extra baking, extra church services, extra everything – December can make us feel like we don’t have enough time, money, cheerfulness, energy, good will, or anything else. Which is ironic because we are supposed to be preparing to receive the gift that reveals we have already been blessed with everything we need.

Advent gives us an alternative path through this month. It’s not a path that requires us to skip past the fun parts of the shopping or the decorating or the partying but it is a path that gives us permission to set them aside in favour of a little quiet, a little prayer, and a little perspective.

It’s a path that reminds us we are preparing for something much bigger than a party, something that requires nothing more than exactly everything we already are, people filled with love, hope, and a desire for justice, peace, and joy. We are preparing for the Kingdom of God, brought near to us in the person of a baby named Jesus.

Celebrating Advent at home is a quiet way to strengthen our faith. Take the time to light a candle and focus on the deep, lasting promises of God, rather than the shallow ones of consumer culture.

And, to help you do just that, here is one possible set of prayers to download:

May you have a blessed Advent, filled with expectation and with peace.