Grace and Confidence -2

I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Ps. 27:13-14

Lord, in this season of Advent, teach us to wait.

Teach us to wait with the hope that comes from the knowledge of your love.  Strengthen our ability to trust in you, and help us to know you better through our waiting.

Teach us to wait with the courage that comes from faith in your mighty power.  Give us the courage to face hard truths about ourselves and others, the courage to care,  the courage to change, and the courage to seek and heed your call.

Teach us to wait with the peace that comes from forgiveness.  Help us to accept that we are forgiven, and to forgive those who have caused us pain.

Teach us to wait with patience.  Help us to let go of our own desire to control and to wait secure in the knowledge that “the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” Ps. 33:11. Let us say as the prophets did, “I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7. Help us to see that, by your grace, hearts and minds are changing as we wait.

Help us to wait, O Lord, and to know that you are with us in the waiting.

Teach us to wait, O Lord.

Amen

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