Advent alchemy

Isaiah 64:1-9; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

Stir up your power O Lord, and come . . .”

This traditional prayer for the First Sunday in Advent begins with abrupt and urgent entreaty. There is no delay for caressing words of prayerful invocation; rude as a wakening alarm, we call for God to get moving. The collect for the following week will pray for God to stir up our hearts, but now, first, it appears to be the sluggishness of God’s heart that is in question. It is God’s Spirit that first needs stirring to action.

 

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