Advent Prayer for this Hump Day

Yosemite Valley in winter
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In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan/earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;/Snow had fallen snow, snow on snow, snow on snow/In the bleak midwinter, Long ago.
Christina Rossetti
CRAHAM, irregular
Gustav Holst

Today Lord it is  cold not just outside but inside too.

I feel the cold of apathy borne by the winds of an overwhelming schedule

I feel the frigidness of conflict borne by the winds of an overwhelmed heart

The earth, creation, where I live has turned hard like iron.

Snow covers everything in a bright deathly white over the decaying remains of fall.

I see, and feel the snow, covering my heart in the same way.

Oh God of grace and mercy

Warm our hearts this day with nothing but your loving and omnipresent presence.

Melt the snow and shine the light of your holiness on our souls that they will break forth in new growth…

in the middle of this December week.

Amen.

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