Our Good and Gracious God,
In this season of waiting, I pray that you will wait with me…
I humbly pray that your holy, comforting presence keep watch with me
and my beloved who lays broken, waiting to be made whole.
Like Zechariah, may I embrace the silence of not knowing, with faith.
With Elizabeth, help me to have the courage to live through this season of waiting.
With Mary, lead me to a place in my heart that dares to sing with joy
in the midst of unanswered
In all these longings and pleas, may your Holy Spirit empower me and all I love
to be bold in claiming your gift of salvation, who came to us first as a tiny, fragile
baby, cradled in the hay of our humanity.
In the precious name of Yeshua. Emmanuel. Amen.
Ever since I was a child, I enjoyed reading and writing. Perhaps it was because my parents were great storytellers and voracious readers. As soon as I learned to write (yes I did it in cursive like everybody else did then!) I started a diary. When I was nine years old I sent a letter to my Dad who was an overseas contract worker in Guam. I wrote it in a form of a comic book and illustrated it myself. As a student at the Central Philippine University Elementary School, I was the Filipino literary editor of our school paper, the Mini Echo. To this day I was baffled by that because I was not that good in Filipino! In highs school I served as literary editor in the Central High Herald. I began to write poems and short stories that unfortunately I don't have any copies saved because we didn't have computers and flash drives then. II joined a short story writing contest sponsored by Central echo, CPU's college paper some time in the 1980's. I joined because I needed money to buy a new pair of sandals. My short story was titled, "Leaves," and it won first place! The chief judge was Prof. Alfredo Q. Gonzales, author of the classic essay, "The Will of a River," one of my favorite reads of Filipino literature in English. I did a lot of writing in college/seminary and graduate school but the most fun I had was when I was writing poems and short stories. Fast forward to the 21st century, I now write sermons every week and articles for our monthly news letter. Currently I serve as Senior Pastor of Central Baptist Church of Woodbury in Woodbury, New Jersey, U.S.A. This is my twelfth year at CBC, where my husband and I served as co-interim pastors from 2010 through 2012. We have a 19-year old son who is a college freshman, and my technical adviser in all things digital. In this continuing writing adventure I am thankful to God for giving me the inspiration to write and the joy that goes with it. I hope that my poems, prayers and prose inspire joy in my readers.
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3 thoughts on “An Advent Prayer”
You’re writing is exquisitely beautiful, and your blog is lovely in and of itself. I was certain I was Following you…but perhaps when I was on hiatus there was a glitch–at any rate, I’ve Followed now–don’t want to miss one line you write.
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Thank you so much! I’ve taken a break for several weeks because of a very challenging life situation. But I will be back!
Oh dear…I’ll keep you in my fervent prayers ❤
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