Friday 4th December
Lament – a Christian trait shunned by the modern world. The gut wrenching sadness,a hair breathe away from dispair. When in God’s presence all debate and voting is complete, arguments stated and logic laid out clearly and we realise death will be an agenda item in people’s lives.
Lament because of failure to honour the image of God. Yes, we may smile in the mirror and see His image, yet in a place far away, a face will be stilled as life is destroyed in them. Let us lament.
An Islamic tenant is the if you kill one person then the whole of humanity is wounded, indeed killed.
We need to lament and be changed by the shame that must grow out of such separation from the creator.
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Thursday 3rd December
It was significant that on the day of the parliamentary vote on the escalation of conflict in Syria and Iraq, we use some of the ancient Advent Antiphons as a focus for our prayers
O Wisdom of our God Most High,guiding creation with power and love:come to teach us the path of knowledge!
We prayed for wisdom, beyond politics that sees the human cost.
O Leader of the House of Israel, giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:come to rescue us with your mighty power!
For the law makers and keepers. Two wrongs etc.
O Root of Jesse’s stem, sign of God’s love for all his people: come to save us without delay.
Our need of God in the discussions, discision and actions. With those who carry out the vote and those who will suffer.l
Marantha – come Lord Jesus – come to save us without delay.