Thursday, 17 December 2015

Advent spaces

This year, during Advent we are offering all who use the building here at Kelvinbridge a space to pause, to rest, to think, to pray, to take away a blessing.
This third week of Advent we have:

A Space for Hope

This week we focus on recognising the small signs of hope which are present among us. In these days we sometimes find it hard to see the signs of hope around us. There are so many signs of struggle, tragedy and suffering. Many are worried what the future will bring. It can be hard to sustain hope.
Let us pause and discover fragile signs of hope which we can see around us, like shoots that push up into the light.
Let us believe today that love is stronger than hate,
that life-giving things are more powerful than the things that are deathly,

Around the world there are people like us,
sometimes living in much harder places in their lives,
who also long for hope and look with eyes of faith to find the signs of hope around them
Let us pause for a moment and join our longing with theirs
If we pray, let us pray for any today who feel they have nothing to hope for.
Let us think of the things that help us to have hope in the future.
Let us be thankful for those who bring light into our lives.

Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

A blessing
Go in hope
to discover the fragile and strong hopes which lie around you.
And may the Spirit of God dance in your path,
the Creator rise in life in surprising places
and every turn in the road bring you new possibilities.

Adapted from In this Hour: Liturgies for Pausing, Dorothy McRae-McMahon, SPCK 2001

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