Help me to go forward without wanting to know what I am going to find at every bend in the road, not with my head in the clouds but with my feet on the ground.
I’ll leave home then, Lord, confidently, joyfully, and I’ll set out fearlessly on the unknown road: the journey of life is before me but you are travelling with me.
Michael Quoist (1921-1997)
New Year’s Eve
I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’
And he replied:
‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than a light and safer than a known way’.
A Christmas Blessing from Mothers’ Union
the Church of England
especially for those
who are alone
An Advent Creed:
We believe in God the Father, creator of heaven and earth.
The one who is full of patience,
who is not afraid of silence,
who does not need to fill each moment with activity and noise.
The one who is beyond bluster and flurry,
and who does not jostle for attention.
We believe in God the Son, Saviour of creation,
who slipped into Bethlehem one night, mostly unnoticed,
who lived thirty years without headlines or hurry,
who frequently took time alone with his patient Father,
who waited for the right time to become the suffering servant,
who stood quietly before the noise of his accusers,
whose silence overpowered their words,
who died, then rose again on a quiet Sunday morning.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens, empowers, renews and refreshes,
sometimes arriving with obvious power,
sometimes with the quiet breath of a whisper.
We believe in one God
who patiently waits for us,
and who longs for us to do the same.
By Dave Hopwood