Content written by Lori
What one word sums up your feelings about Advent?
“How does God speak to you? Are you listening?”
What are your expectations for the holiday season?
What is one area of your life that you’d like to change?
Instead, I will ask that Your resolutions be mine.
Your path, my path. Your will, my will.
Let us walk headlong into this new year together.
There is no celebration in my soul.
I turn to You, source of meaning, knower of sorrow.
Creator God, healer of all ills,
I place my health into your hands.
Guide the hand of my surgeon.
My faith is threadbare, worn almost to a whisper.
And yet I need You more than ever.
Now it is over. Our ties severed painfully, or simply faded away from disuse.
We are not what we were.
Can you stop the world for a moment? I need to be alone with you.
No more doing, just being. And feeling like that is enough.
Take my hand. Pull me along, with urgency, if needed.
Let me never stray from the course you’ve set out for me,
even when I cannot see my way through.
Help us remember the needs of the many,
not merely our own.
Providence Associate Lori Strawn is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Witchita, Kansas. A 1987 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Lori formerly served on the advisory board for the Providence Associates.