A CLWR prayer for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Reflection: In the gospel reading for today, Luke 1:26-38, the angel Gabriel comes with unexpected news for the Virgin Mary. Gabriel means “God is my strength.”

Advent 4 Dec. 18.14

Unexpected God,

You are the great mystery and yet you desire to be known, through a virgin girl, by a frail child, in a space reserved more for animals than humans.

Immanuel. Remind us of your infinite possibilities. If we find ourselves in unexpected circumstances, fearing what is to become of us, remind us of Gabriel.

God with us, who is always our strength.


Our December prayers are contributed by The Rev. Scott L. Adams, an ELCA pastor from the United States currently serving as interim chaplain at Luther College at the University of Regina. Many thanks to Rev. Adams! 

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