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The Oldie’s daily Advent prayer - Rev Steve Morris

Blog | By Reverend Steve Morris | By Rev Steve Morris | Dec 02, 2020

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

Wednesday 2nd December

I am not sure that St Augustine was a bundle of laughs. He was tormented by his racy past. He spent much time ruminating on what had been wrong and how things could be right. He was watchful and being watchful is one if the great advent themes. Watching and waiting in sure and certain hope for an event that would change everything.

There have been times in my life when the waiting and watching have been easier than others. The nine months my wife and I waited for the birth of our daughter were very beautiful. We were young and didn’t have any care for the perils ahead. But there was no option other than to wait – we couldn’t hurry our daughter along. Other times we have waited with trepidation – and that has certainly been the case during lockdown.

This prayer is attributed to St Augustine and I have found it very helpful in periods of waiting. The language of shielding and watching seem particularly pertinent.

Watch, dear Lord with those who wake or watch or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend your sick ones O Lord Jesus Christ, rest your weary ones, bless your dying ones, soothe your suffering ones, sheild your joyous ones, and all for your love’s sake.

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