Uncle Pastor Ray Minniecon reflects on the celebration, welcome, Joy and Hope we have in the coming of the Light of the World.
NGUYỄN HỮU TRI
On the eighteenth day of Advent, 2022, Nguyễn Hữu Trí, community and justice catalyst pastor with Steeple Church, leads us in prayer.
Weary Hearts be Filled
Our parched and dusty land celebrates.
The thirsty desert is festive with flowers
orchids and desert peas burst with songs of joy
Kakadu and Daintree display your glory and splendour.
May your people turn from greed and violence to care and attend to the earth you love.
Give strength to our hearts and trembling hands.
Make firm our knees
that we may continue to participate in your work
to comfort those who fear the worst
encourage those who wait
to affirm that God is present to rescue and set free.
Fill us again with the power to deliver your good news to the poor
and proclaim a message of freedom for those that are locked away.
Jesus, Word of God
May eyes long blind be open to colour and light
may ears long deaf hear music and laughter
may legs long paralysed dance like brolgas
tongues long tied sing like lyrebirds
may weary hearts be filled with joy and life
may there be a new highway for those seeking reconciliation
may there be roads leading home for those seeking asylum
with smiles never leaving their faces
laughter and contentment be theirs to keep
misery and despair be made redundant.
Prayer written based on Nathan Nettleton paraphrase of Advent verses Luke 4:14-21, John 1:1-5, 14-18, & Isaiah 35:1-10 @ laughingbird.net
Nguyễn Hữu Trí is a former refugee from Vietnam, and is currently a community & justice catalyst pastor with Steeple church in Balwyn Victoria. Trí and his family live, work, study and play on beloved land of Wurrundjeri.