As I move through the seasons of the church, I am constantly on the look-out for little nuggets of wisdom or truth that I can "stick in my pocket" and examine on the way. For the Rector's Reflections during Advent, I am going to share the tidbits I find. This little gem came from my niece's alma mater, Creighton University. It's called A Prayer for Shopping during Advent:
Gracious God, as I look through my gift list, I hold up to you each person on it. I pray that the fire of your abundant love burn within each of them. I pray that the gift I find for each person will bring joy into that life.
Help me to keep a balance this season, Lord. Keep my buying in perspective, that I not to spend more than I can afford. Let me not equate love with money spent. Give me wisdom to shop wisely, that my choices will not burden those who are so deeply affected by this country's economy.
And finally, loving God, give me grace in the frantic moments of each day to center myself on you. When I am walking through a store, riding on the bus, hurrying down a street remind me of your incredible love for me and let me rejoice in it. Amen.