We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on November 27, 2015.
Reading: Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection alert us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and redeem us for your life of justice, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Stop and GROW: After reading the prayer, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this prayer?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this prayer or is my favorite part?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this prayer stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this prayer?
Reflection: Each of the prayers of the day in Advent begin: Stir up. This Sunday and the fourth Sunday of Advent we pray Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. Those are both frightening and hopeful words. “Let sleeping dogs lie,” they say. But here we pray that the power of God will be stirred up. That could be very scary. Yet, there are powers operating in this world that frighten us greatly, too. The hopefulness of this prayer is that God’s power comes and stirs in this world to heal it, make it whole.
Let us pray throughout Advent that God’s stirring in this world brings us peace. Let it begin with each of us.
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