Sometimes, Lord, I wonder about John the Baptist.
People came from far and near to hear him,
So, did he have a charisma beyond the stern exterior
With which we colour him?
He was an authentic prophetic voice
Such as we still need to hear
From time to time,
But tempered with the mercy and compassion
Which changes lives.
Like those of old he responded to your call and had vision
We too can respond to vision
Offering the hope
Which, travelling with you,
Becomes a part of us.
Grant us a sense, this Advent,
That all is not forlorn,
The prophetic vision these days
Sends some out into the streets
To tend the homeless, lost, unknowing,
To reach a hand to pull them up
And seek to set them on their feet.
Loving God we look for your coming
And find you already here.
We praise and glorify your Holy Name.
Reading: Luke 3:1-6, (7-14)
STF 173 Into the darkness of this place
Prayers for December written by Hazel Parsons