My Advent-At-Home Devotional booklet for this fourth week of Advent includes this prayer: “God, thank you for changing things with your love. Help us see and join your love at work, even when we are waiting for change.”It’s a simple prayer, meant to connect with children as young as four, but it can connect with all ages. http://resources.mennonitechurch.ca/FileDownload/18477
The first line conveys a grateful perspective that removes oneself from centre stage. The starting place for Christian prayers and lives of love-at-work is worship and belief in the efficacy of divine love.
Divine love is acknowledged as the fundamental change agent. Doing so is amazingly liberating. Not only does it mean we can never take all the credit for making a positive difference in the world, it also means that we never shoulder the burden alone. Transforming the world with love is first and foremost God’s project.
The second line returns to a human focus. As children of God we are called to participate in the divineproject of transforming love, but the challenge is much less daunting when we see ourselves as called participants, rather than the ones where the buck stops. Children find such an attitude relatively easy, because of their dependent status and emerging sense of agency. Partnering with them can help adults shed those unhelpful and stress inducing levels of responsibility and guilt; can help us become childlike in this project of transforming the world with love.
Blessed, loving, Advent.