First Week of Advent 2017

Advent Prayer of Hope

“Happy are those who are strong in the Lord, who want above all else to follow your steps. When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of springs where pools of blessing and refreshment collect after rains! They will grow constantly in strength, and each of them is invited to meet with the Lord in Zion.” (Living Bible, Psalm 84:5-7)

Here I stand in
the Valley of Weeping,
the pathways lined
with fallen leaves;
the trees are barren;
the wild geese gather
in flocks;
the southern
sky begins to fill with
their home cry.

You beckon me
onward, inward,
through the Door of Hope, 
to the springs of tomorrow.
Although death lies at my feet, 
the seeds wait beneath.

You cover my trembling
shoulders with a woolen cloak.
The words, My Beloved,
are woven into the fabric.
Arm in arm we walk
the crimson pathway.
The morning star
lights the way. 

You whisper to me,
Even the coldest winter day
experiences the dawn.

I lean into your embrace.
And together,
we endure. 

With love, I say,
Amen. 

(Lara Stoudt)