Advent Prayer Calendar


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Jan. 4, the eleventh day of Christmas


On entering the house,
the magi saw the child with Mary his mother;
and they knelt down and paid him homage.

—Matthew 2.11

God of glory,
give me grace to kneel at your presence,
to offer my complete surrender
to your love and grace,
my obedience to your power,
and my humble service
to your children in this world.
Give me the grace to see
your glory in all things,
and the gift of of reverence for all beings.
In wonder, love and generosity
I kneel before you, always.


Jan. 3, the tenth day of Christmas.


Magi from the East came,
asking, “Where is the child
who has been born king of the Jews?
For we observed his star at its rising,
and have come to pay him homage.”

—Matthew 2.1-2

God, I confess sometimes
I am in my own far-off country.
Give me grace to come to you,
to seek you always,
to seek you in low places,
in small forms,
in humble ways.
Give me faith always to be
looking for your presence in this world,
asking, “Where are you?
For I have come to honor you
and to serve you.


Jan. 2, The ninth day of Christmas


Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the Holy One has risen upon you.
You shall see and be radiant.

— Isaiah 60.1, 5

Light of Love, help me see.
Help me see your grace in all things,
and see the light of your presence.
I open the eyes of my heart
that your light may flow into me
and fill me,
so that I may be radiant with your love,
radiant with hope in your grace,
radiant with your delight
and your compassion for all beings.
God of light, help me see
and be radiant.


Jan. 1, The eighth day of Christmas

New Year

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth;
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.

— Revelation 21.1

God, you are making all things new.
Open my eyes to your miracle.
Open my heart to your hope.
I yield myself to your re-creating,
trusting in your grace.
You are the potter, and I am your clay.
Make me new, now and always,
with every breath, new again
with life that flows from you,
in this moment, eternally.


Dec. 31, The seventh day of Christmas


The child grew and became strong,
filled with wisdom;
and the delight of God was upon him.

— Luke 2.40

Even Christ had to grow.
Beloved, may your Spirit be upon me,
to grow in wisdom and faith.
As I enter this new year
I pray that you will re-create me;
help me day by day
become a new person,
growing from one degree of glory
to another,
trusting your delight is upon me.


Dec. 30, The sixth day of Christmas


When the fullness of time had come,
God sent the Son, born of a woman,
born under the law, in order to redeem
those who were under the law,
so that we might receive adoption as children.
So you are no longer a slave but a child.

—Galatians 4.4-5, 7

God, give me trust that I am your beloved child.
You have chosen me, adopted me as your own.
There is nothing I can do
to make you love me any more or any less.
Help me trust your love,
and trust my belonging,
I can be at peace,
and endure all manner of
hardship and challenge
knowing am your Beloved.
I am your child,
at peace in your arms.


Dec. 29, The fifth day of Christmas


This child is destined
for the falling and the rising of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be opposed
so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed.

— Luke 2.34-35

Jesus opens to us a path
that demands tough choices.
Give me courage, God,
to choose to follow
even if I am opposed.
May my inner thoughts be of you.
May I enter a new year
ready to become a new person.


Dec. 28, The fourth day of Christmas


Simeon was righteous and devout,
looking forward to the consolation of Israel.

— Luke 2.25

God, I offer to you my hopes,
that with Simeon I may find
healing in the Christ child.
As I look to a new year,
transform my hopes
and center them in your grace.



Dec. 27, The third day of Christmas

“O God, you can dismiss your servant in peace,
according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation.”

—Luke 2.29-30

When Simeon saw the baby Jesus
he knew he was seeing
your gift of salvation.
God, you have given us your gift.
You have made known among us
the blessing of your salvation.
Help me see your grace.
Give me eyes of faith to recognize
your presence when I see it,
to notice your gift of grace,
and to trust it deeply.
Send me into this day in peace,
according to your word,
knowing your blessing is sure
and your presence is real.


Dec. 26, The second day of Christmas


The Word became flesh and lived among us.
— John 1.14

God, your word became flesh in Jesus,
and shepherds found him,
an ordinary peasant child lying in a manger,
a man who dwelt among us in poverty.
No one lives but by your Living Word—
your Word is made flesh in everyone.
Give me the eyes of faith to see
your divine presence in every person,
no matter how ordinary or lowly,
no matter how much I may dislike them.
Help me to know you truly are with us,
your Word made flesh, no matter what.
No matter what.


Dec. 25


They shall name him Emmanuel,”
which means, “God is with us.”

— Mathew 1.23

For the gift of Jesus, God,
I thank you.

You have come among us,
as you have promised.
You have come to be with us,
because you love us.
Your Word is made flesh.
Open my heart to your nearness.
On this holy day
give me the gift of wonder,
of gratitude and joy.
Keep me ever mindful of your presence,
trusting of your love,
and joyful at your grace.


Dec. 24


The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light.
For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us.

— Isiah 9.2, 6

God, I pray for all who walk in darkness,
that your light may shine on them.
For all who are sad or despairing,
for those who lave lost hope,
for those who struggle,
I pray that your grace
may lighten their darkness;
and may I myself be a light for them.

God of love, I open my heart to you
that the light of Christ may fill me.
Let your light shine in my darkness,
and transform me, as dawn transforms the night.
Christ, come, be born in me today.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for

Ruth and everyone at the Anjali School
in Nairobi, Kenya.


Dec. 23


Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife,
for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit
— Matthew 1.20

Loving God, Faithful One,
Jesus comes to be with us,
to bear your faithfulness to us
throughout our lives.
Help me trust your faithful love,
and not be afraid to vow my fidelity,
to marry your grace.
Loving, Faithful One,
help me to be faithful and loving.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for
Katherine and Ann.


Dec. 22


The true light, which enlightens everyone,
was coming into the world.

— John 1.9

God of light,
you who are coming into this world,
coming into my life,
open my eyes to see.
I do not ask for wild hope for the future,
but clear eyes to see the present.
Help me see your love in humble people,
your power in acts of healing,
your light dawning in me.
Help me see with the eyes of faith,
see your grace in all things,
small, often, and hidden,
but shining like the Bethlehem star.
Help me see the light of Christ
coming into the world,
even in my own heart.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for
Peggy and Barbara.


Dec. 21


My soul magnifies the Holy One,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for God has looked with favor on my lowliness.

— Luke 1.46-48

God, sometimes I compare myself to others,
and I believe I am higher than they are,
and sometimes I believe I am lower.
But all of us are lower than you,
and yet you do not judge at all,
but simply love us.
You regard even the lowest among us
with favor, with gentle delight.
Give me humility to trust
the belovedness of the lowly.
Give me courage to find myself
among the lowly, simple and beloved.
Help me shed my self-judgment,
my deserving or not deserving,
and live in the light of your favor,
this miracle of your absolute love,
so that I too may not judge, but love.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for
Dave, Kay and Judy.


Dec. 20


Nothing will be impossible with God.
— Luke 1.37

Gabriel promised
such an impossible thing to Mary.
All that was needed to make it possible
was for her to say yes.
For with God it was already true.
God, help me to trust your grace,
and the power of your grace,
that more is possible than I imagine.
Help me to trust your desire for me,
trust what you might do in me
in your wildest dreams.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for
Stephen, Bernard, and Margaret.


Dec. 19


The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.

—Luke 1.35

God, my will is so strong;
my desires seem so real, so important.
Occupy my will with your Spirit;
transform my desires.
Overshadow my fears with your power.
Empty me of my own strength and talents:
let me be an empty vessel for you,
yours the gifts, yours the glory,
yours the power, your miraculous power.
By you alone I will bring forth
great things.
Christ, I will be your womb.
Come, be born in me.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for
Joan, Linda and Nanette.


Dec. 18


Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.”
Luke 1.30

Child, my Beloved,
I do not look upon you with disinterest
or with judgment;
I look at you without demand or expectation.
I simply see you as you are
and I love you.
I look at you with favor,
with warmth and pleasure.
I don’t look on you from afar;
I hold you in my arms, even now,
like a mother her newborn babe,
you, my Beloved, my treasure,
my delight.
Let your faith blossom from this grace:
let me gaze at you fondly,
and say yes. 

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for
Connie, Michael W. and Suzette.


Dec. 17


As the earth brings forth its shoots,
and as a garden causes
what is sown in it to spring up,
so God the Holy One
will cause righteousness and praise
to spring up before all the nations.

— Isaiah 61.11

You who yearn for righteousness,
who long to be God’s living praise,
take heart in this good news
and trust this mystery:
it is not you, not your effort,
not your faith or anything you do,
but God alone who makes you righteous,
who makes you a jewel of praise.
As naturally as God makes the seed sprout,
or makes the rose blossom,
it is God in you who makes you
a song of praise for God.
Open your heart to this wonder.
Let God work this grace in you,
that by your willing surrender
God may make righteousness
bloom within you,
and transform you
into a festival of praise.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for
Roberta, Carol and Andy.


Dec. 16


Those who go out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
carrying their sheaves.

— Psalm 126.6

You have sown seeds,
planted goodness,
labored for grace,
often with pain,
often wondering if it’s worth it,
if it will amount to anything,
wondering if you can keep it up.
God comes into human flesh
to tell you: “I am with you.
I am beside you. I am here,
in this world and its workings.
The seed you have sown will bear fruit.
You will come home to rest,
home to belonging,
singing songs of joy.
I will come with you,
you and I together, home,
home to joy.”


Dec. 15


John himself was not the light,
but he came to bear witness to the light.

John 1.8

God, I confess:
I reveal my desires,
I advertise my fears.
I bear witness to my shadows.
But I am made in your image,
made of light.
You have sent me into this life
to bear witness to the light.
By your grace help me today
to bear witness to your light
in all I do and say,
everything I think and seek.
Give me grace to see my shadows,
to acknowledge them and let them go,
and instead bear witness to the light,
the light that is you,
in the world, and in my heart.
Let me be the clear window,
and you the light pouring through.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for
Lucy, Kelvin and Barbara.


Dec. 14


May the God of peace sanctify you entirely;
and may your spirit and soul and body
be kept sound and blameless
at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful, a
and God will do this.

— 1 Thessalonians 5.23-24

Sometimes you feel
you’re on your own,
trying to survive,
trying to maintain….
But in fact you are being held.
You are being sustained.
You have been sanctified,
set aside for a holy purpose.
God wants life for you,
and will keep you,
spirit and soul and body,
for exactly that purpose.
The faithful One will do this.
Even if you can’t trust this mystery,
live as if you do,
and see.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Craig, Suzy and Sara


Dec. 13


Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances.

—1 Thessalonians 5.16-18

Christ came into a dark, messed-up world.
The little baby Jesus didn’t get to pick
his favorite time or place.
He made his own time and place beautiful
by bringing grace to it.
Bring grace to your day,
whatever it may hold.
Rejoice in it, for God is with you.
Pray without ceasing:
listen to God every moment.
Give thanks in all circumstances:
God is inviting you into new life
in every moment,
even the dark, messed-up ones,
right there with Jesus.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Lisa, Carolyn and Thelma


Dec. 12


The spirit of God is upon me.
— Isaiah 61.1

God, I confess that I am a slave
to my own ego: what I want,
what I think, what I believe is right.
Help me let go of the whole lot of it,
and allow your Spirit to come upon me.
I am ready to surrender,
to be controlled by your Spirit.
As deeply as your Spirit came upon Mary,
as forcefully as upon the prophets,
may your Spirit take me, and have me,
and use me for your delight.
Spirit of the living God,
fall afresh on me.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Linet, Dorothy and Lynne.


Dec. 11


The spirit of God is upon me,
for God has sent me
to bring good news to the oppressed.
— Isaiah 61.1

God, you did not come into this world
to keep the comfortable comfortable,
but to raise up the poor.
You have come for their sake,
and you are coming again for their sake.
Bless me, that all that I do—
my thoughts and choices,
my words and deeds—
will be good news to the oppressed.
Help me move beyond
faith that is purely for my sake:
give me your passion for the poor;
save me from a life that gives no hope
to the outcast or despairing.
By the new birth of Christ in me,
make my life good news for them.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Denise, Maci and Michael M.


Dec. 10


We await a new heaven and a new earth.
So what sort of persons ought we to be?
Lead lives of holiness and godliness,
waiting for and hastening
the coming of the day of God.

— 2 Peter 3. 11-12

God, you intend to change the world,
and you intend to change me.
Open my heart
and work your changes in me.
Give me courage to become a new person.
I freely and willingly surrender my will
to your purposes and your delight.
May your presence in me
be a sign of your coming.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Marie, Taryn, Francine and Liz.


Dec. 9


Look! God, the Holy One, comes with might,
and will feed their flock like a shepherd,
and gather the lambs in their arms.

—Isaiah 40.10-11

God is not distant, abstract,
watching you from afar.
God comes to you,
even now: in this struggle,
this day, this hope.
God comes and gathers you,
holds you, bears you on.
In whatever you face,
rejoice in this mystery:
you are being carried,
by the One Who Loves You.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Bonnie, Elizabeth, Rebecca and Martine.


Dec. 8


Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of our God will stand forever.

—Isaiah 40.7-8

We have faith in each other, yes.
But we will wither.
We have faith in the future, yes.
But it will not save us.
Our faith is not in the future but in God,
our hope in the One who loves us.
We will not be here forever.
None of us has infinite time.
The moment is now; our lives are now.
And God holds them,
holds our lives, holds all eternity.
Trust this most deeply,
and live this moment.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Joshua, Linda, Derek and Corrina


Dec. 7


Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low.

—Isaiah 40.4

What mountains in me need to be made low?
What great works of my ego
need to be reduced?
What molehills need to be shrunk?
What mounds of responsibility
might I step over?
What insurmountable barriers
will you level before me?
God, prepare your way in me.
Make my uneven places a level path.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Cynthia, Donna, Valerie and JudithAnn


Dec. 6


Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low.

—Isaiah 40.4

God, what valleys in me
need to be lifted up?
What lowly things in my heart
need to be encouraged, strengthened,
given honor?
How are you raising up my valleys?
Am I ready?
God, lift me up!
Raise me by your grace—
not for my own glory but yours,
for your purposes—
raise me by your grace
and let me shine with your light.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Nancy C., Nancy K, Susan L, Susan E.


Dec. 5


Prepare the way of God.
—Mark 1.3

We imagine a road, a highway,
something that someone else
powerful should build.
But what if you are the way?
Maybe you are the way
God enters the world:
your love, your courage, your beauty.
Your Word of truth spoken boldly,
your brave act carried out with love,
your steady prayers
among those who do not trust.
Imagine that you are God’s channel.
Open yourself, and let God use you,
fill you, flow through you.
Prepare yourself to be
the Way of God.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Roxanne, Leslie, Betsy and Ann


Dec. 4


Prepare the way of the Holy One;
make straight a path for God.
Mark 1.3

too often I hide from you,
I close the door,
I create a winding, tortuous path
for you to get to me.
But I want to open my heart to you,
to clear a path for you,
straight into my heart.
Make a way, God,
push aside all I have thrown in the way,
and come to me.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Abigail, Peter, Maple and Asina


Dec. 3

Holy One, you are our Life-Giver;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.

—Isaiah 64.8

Sometimes you feel pressure;
life’s demands, deadlines and requirements
looming, leaning on you.
But sometimes it’s different:
a leaning in you,
an energy in you drawing toward something,
nudging you into a new place.
Maybe it’s a new challenge,
maybe it’s healing.
It may be the hands of the Potter,
shaping you into something new.
Feel for those hands on you.
let them work you
into God’s new Creation.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Millie, Bodil, Karen and Kristyn



Dec. 2

You are not lacking in any spiritual gift
as you wait for the revealing of the Beloved, Jesus Christ.
—1 Corinthians 1.7

God, help me to see:
in what small ways do you move and work
in my heart, in my life,
to help me wait your coming?
What spiritual gifts have you given me
to open me to your unfolding presence?
Help me call forth those gifts,
and rely on them deeply,
as I look forward to what you have in store
for me and for the world.

• • •

I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
George, Beatrice, Hal and Pauline.


Dec. 1


You will see the New Human coming….
What I say to you I say to all: Keep awake!

— Mark 13.35, 37

God, it seldom occurs to me
that you might come into this world
or come into my life
in a new way.
Awaken me to the possibility.
Pique my interest.
Rouse me from the stupor
of forgetting to hope.
Keep my eyes open for your coming.
Give me the courage and wonder
to look.