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The Oldie’s daily Advent prayer - Rev Steve Morris

Blog | By Reverend Steve Morris | By Rev Steve Morris | Dec 08, 2020

Gerard van Honthorst - Adoration of the Shepherds (1622) Credit: Pomeranian State Museum

Tuesday 8th December

I am sure that we have all felt very vulnerable over the last 8 months. Our comfortable certainty that tomorrow will be just like today has evaporated. What seemed solid has not proved to be so.

I am 58 and part of that charmed generation that did not have to serve in the military or fight a war. I am awestruck still by the sacrifices made for us by our elders. But all of us are feeling a bit wobbly these days. I think that feeling of prescience, of not quite being sure of what is to come, is part of Advent. Advent is a time when God made himself vulnerable and it is a time when we feel vulnerable as well, and that isn’t comfortable.

Today we head back to the prayers of the Celts as given to us by George McLean.

O God, preserve the house, the fire, the kine, all those who here tonight in sleep recline. Preserve myself, my love-fold children's band, from attack keep us and from harm withstand; keep us this night from foes and hatred shun.

Front-line Advent, Steve Morris and Barry Hingston, published by Authentic Media. https://www.eden.co.uk/shop/fr...