Thursday, December 14, 2006

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

Memorial of Saint John of the Cross

Advent Prayer

Father, in the wilderness of the Jordan you sent a messenger to prepare people's hearts for the coming of your Son. Help me to hear his words and repent of my sins, so that I may clearly see the way to walk, the truth to speak, and the life to live for Him, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

I am the LORD, your God, who grasp your right hand; It is I who say to you, "Fear not, I will help you."
Isaiah 41:13

It's a wonderful consolation to know that God grasps our right hand and says, "Fear not, I will help you." When we let him, he guides us on the right path always.

That no matter what troubles come into our life, he is there with us holding our hand. When we are sick, hurt or just out of sorts he does care more than we know or even understand. We pray to him to take our ills away, we pray to take the enemy away, the one that causes us so much hurt.

God loves us so much that he wants the best for us, he takes our hand in his to keep us close to him, yet we are the one's that pull our hands away from his. Remember walking hand in hand with those we love, and on the occasion something is said to cause us pain, how we pull our hands away from those we love.

It's the same with God, he is patient and hold us and loves us, but us with our temperaments pull away from him. Today take a moment to think about this, and ask him to hold your hand. With sincerity and love on our part he will gladly take us in the palm of his hand and cradle us ever so gently.

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