NIGHT PRAYER: Tuesday 11/29

'Round this time of year, Lord, 
    our hearts are very tender,
vulnerable to memories
    happy, sad, intense...
It's when we long to be together
    but we're feeling all alone,
when we thirst for just a sip of joy
    but find our cup's run dry...
It's when we're most in need of comfort
    but our hearts go unconsoled,
when we reach for arms to hold us
    but find no warm embrace...

It's when we long to know you're there, Lord,
    to know you're close at hand,
when we need to know you hold us
    and you'll never let us go...
It's when we need to feel your gentle hand
    reach out to heal our pain
and mend the scattered pieces
    of our hurting, broken hearts...

And it's 'round this time of year, Lord,
we remember your sweet birth:
    a tender, helpless babe in arms,
       vulnerable and defenseless... 
You know our lot, you've felt our pain,
    you've ached for help and comfort,
so we trust you'll bring us peace, Lord,
    and never let us go... 
So, every year, around this time,
our tender hearts surrender:
    please hold us, Lord, in your embrace,
        and never let us go...
Protect us, Lord, while we're awake.
keep vigil while we sleep
that awake, we keep the watch with you
and asleep, rest in your peace...

I know the musical style of this song won't suit everyone's taste,
but its message is so strong...
I Won't Let Go by Rascal Flatts

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Advent Blessing  
    composed by Michael Joncas and Alan Hommerding




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