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This Advent come and prayer with the prophets. all of us waiting for Jesus' coming into our lives. This is the first of a four-part Advent reflection. There will be one every week posted here. May your prayer time be blessed.

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This Christmas, Jesus comes slowly but surely… are you ready? Advent 2009 Praying with the Prophets

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In the northern hemisphere, this is a time of prolonged darkness. The sun sets early and the nights are long. People here await the coming spring when there’ll be more light as the day grows longer. For Christians, this is also Advent time. We await Jesus’ coming into our everyday lives in a special way: we seek to be enlightened about who Jesus is for us today. Our waiting recalls the Jews of old, who yearned for the coming of their Messiah. To them, God sent the Prophet Isaiah, who proclaimed a Prophecy of Light. In this First Week of Advent, let us listen to Isaiah’s prophecy. Let us prayerfully reflect on it, and so hear God’s message for us. Isaiah’s Prophecy of Light Advent Week 1: 29 Nov to 5 Dec Nativity Scene by Anthony Mengs

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Entering into prayer: Put aside your cares and slowly settle yourself into the quiet. Sense God’s loving presence. Rest in God’s love. Allow yourself to be moved by God in this prayer.

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Opening prayer: Loving Father, you sent your prophet Isaiah to prepare people's hearts 
for the coming of your Son, Jesus.
 Help me to hear Isaiah’s words today so that I may clearly listen in them your message for me. Grant me your light so that I can open myself to your Holy Spirit who I believe will help me better prepare for Christmas. Amen.

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The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. Word of God: Spend a few minutes reading this passage from Isaiah 9.1 Prophecy of Light The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. What word or phrase strikes you? Why? What are you feeling? What are you thinking?

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: The Shepherd's Star by,Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot 1864 In Corot’s painting, The Shepherd’s Star, we see a shepherd looking towards the rising sun. He reaches out to the coming dawn that dispels the night. Shepherds were among the people in darkness Isaiah prophesizes to. There were also the lowly and the mighty, the hungry and the rich. All of them were waiting for a long time for their coming Messiah. As you look at this painting and recall Isaiah’s words, consider your responses to these questions: why were they a people in darkness? why do you think their land was a land of gloom? how do you think they felt hearing God’s message through Isaiah’s prophecy? what do you think this great light meant for them?

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: The Shepherd's Star by,Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot 1864 Have you wondered about yourself at Advent time? Are you waiting like the Jews? What are you waiting for? How is your waiting like? Are you living in gloom, walking in darkness too? Does your darkness have to do with…

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acceptance...? by james nachtwey

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fear...?

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hatred...? by eddie adams

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sin...?

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spiritual doubt...? by carf

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by carf We too are a people in darkness… we wait… we look forward to… we hope… Throughout Advent, we prepare to remember joyfully Jesus’ coming as Radiant Light for us. At Advent time, we rejoice that Jesus is already with us as our guiding light. In Advent, we can open ourselves more to Jesus’ light to transform our despair, pain and confusion into hope, comfort and peace.

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Quiet Meditation: Spend a few minutes to share with Jesus your responses to the following questions: What darkness or darknesses am I struggling with today?

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Quiet Meditation: Spend a few minutes sharing with Jesus your responses to these questions darkness am I struggling with today? How is God’s light shinning in my life today? How can Jesus be a light for me this Christmas?

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Quiet Meditation: Now, quietly re-read Isaiah’s Prophecy of Light. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. What is God’s message for you this day? Rest in God’s words for you.

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Quiet Meditation: Now, ask for a grace or blessing you wish Jesus to grant you this Christmas. Or, you may wish to use this short prayer. I struggling with today? How is God’s light shinning Lord, Jesus, I believe you are the Light for my life. Come, Jesus, come and fill me with your light, your love and your life this Christmas, and always. Amen.

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Advent calls us to conversion. God’s light is with us. Let us open ourselves more to welcome Jesus, God’s true light into our lives.

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At Christmas, we remember Jesus, God’s gift of His Son, to us out of our darkness and sin. Jesus This week, we invite you to take these steps to let Jesus shine in you and through you: one way can I transform my darknesses into light is to … and one person I can be a light for in her darkness is …

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End by thanking and glorifying the Lord: You may wish to say or sing this Taize chant three times to close your prayer. Lord, Jesus Christ Your Light shines within us Let not my doubts not my darkness speak to me Lord, Jesus Christ Your light shines within us Let my heart always welcome Your Love. Amen.

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Join us in the 2nd Week of Advent for another set of slides to prepare prayerfully for Christmas

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