An Advent Lament

Again this time of year, we speak of peace

in phrases that politely hide our fears.

We wrap our homes in light of our making,

put plastic on the lawn, bring trees inside,

seeking sacred space in precious customs.

Expectantly shopping, scrubbing, singing,

we make our preparations once again.

Rushing to revere your life among us,

We forget you came to meet our great need.

We overlook our desperate condition

that brought you into time’s wretched domain

to turn enemies to unworthy friends

and human hands to instruments of God.

We are just dying here for peace on earth,

And we keep asking it of each other,

Forgetting violence is close at hand,

forgetting we play host to death itself;

nurse hatred, cruelty, murder in our hearts.

Great Prince, make peace among us your own way.

Save us from believing we can save us.

  1. Brad Hoefs says:

    Thank you Amy! I’m going to use this in my Christmas Eve message on Thursday night. Hope that is OK? 🙂

    Thank you!!!

  2. Robyn Mulder says:

    Did you write that, Amy? It’s so good…it captures the complexity of the season, especially for those who struggle with a disorder. Thanks! ~Robyn

  3. Jennifer Greene says:

    Beautiful, Amy. Thank you. Bless you this season of celebrating the birth of our Saviour.

  4. kate says:

    This is wonderfully written, of course! Thanks Amy!

  5. What a beautiful expression of faith and prayer. Thank you for sharing!

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