prepare our hearts for your coming

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Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares by Fuenping at Chinese Wikipedia CC-BY-SA-3.0 

Loving God, you are our peace;
     prepare our hearts for your coming.
Forge the swords of bitterness into plows of blessing;
     till the soil of our souls for your springing forth in us.
Remove our heart’s defensive armor,
     clothe us in light alone,
     and pierce our wide-open hearts with your love.
By your Spirit in us, may we be at peace:
     awake, and ready to welcome your presence.
Amen.

Steve GarnaasHolmes, Methodist pastor in Massachusetts

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Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
    and cry to her
that her warfare is ended,
    that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
    double for all her sins.

A voice cries:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
    make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
    and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
    and the rough places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
    and all flesh shall see it together,
    for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

One thought on “prepare our hearts for your coming

  1. I love all the prophetic passages in Isaiah and am reading them this year as part of preparation for Advent. They truly express the longing and hope of the Jewish people as their waiting for the Coming.

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