A Liturgy for Advent in Difficult Times

by becomingbethany

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For family, friends, neighbors, strangers, and ourselves for whom it is hard to find Hope, Peace, Joy, or Love this Advent season, Lord we pray: Come, Emmanuel, be with us.

For those who have lost loved ones – whether a grandparent, parent, child, sibling, spouse, or friend – and are facing the holidays with grief,
Come, Emmanuel, be with us.

For those who are far from or estranged from their loved ones and for whom pictures of happy families bring more pain than nostalgia,
Come, Emmanuel, be with us.

For those who are chronically ill and face continual physical pain and weakness no matter how many medicines they try or doctors they visit,
Come, Emmanuel, be with us.

For those living with anxiety, depression, addiction, and other mental illnesses that make daily life difficult and wellness seem impossible,
Come, Emmanuel, be with us.

For families currently risking their lives to flee war-stricken cities in fear and leaving behind their homes, possessions, and all they know,
Come, Emmanuel, be with us.

For those who have no safe place to gather and worship this holiday season,
Come, Emmanuel, be with us.

For those who have recently arrived in a new city or country and feel lonely and uncertain about the future,
Come, Emmanuel, be with us.

For those who are struggling to obtain even basic necessities – clean water, a home, food, clothing, warmth,
Come, Emmanuel, be with us.

For those who have experienced trauma and are still processing the experience,
Come, Emmanuel, be with us.

For those who are worn down and deeply discouraged by injustice, prejudice, hatred, and malice,
Come, Emmanuel, be with us.

For those who are tired, weary, overworked, and worn out,
Come, Emmanuel, be with us.

For those who carry long-held hopes and dreams deep in their hearts but have not yet seen them fulfilled,
Come, Emmanuel, be with us.

For those who feel fearful looking ahead at the new year and what it may bring,
Come, Emmanuel, be with us.

For the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only of the Father, full of grace and truth. Lord, we both remember and look ahead praying: Come, Emmanuel, be with us.

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