Dear God, as I look through my gift shopping list, I hold up to you each person listed on it.
Slowly, one by one,
I ask 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.
But, help me to keep a balance this season, Lord.
Let me keep my buying in perspective,
not to spend more than I need to or can
Let me not give in to the pressures of this world
and not equate love with money spent.
Let me always remember the many, many people who have so much less in material things.
Help me to buy wisely,
so that my choices will not burden those in other countries
who are so deeply affected by this country's economy.
And finally, loving God,
help me to find time in the frantic moments of each day
to become centered on you.
Walking through a store,
riding on the bus,
hurrying down a street:
let each of these times be moments
when I can remember your incredible love for me
and rejoice in it.
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Melanie Jean Juneau serves as the Editor in Chief of Catholic Stand. She is a mother of nine children who has edited her kid's university term papers for over a decade. She blogs at joy of nine9 and mother of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, a columnist at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC, author of Echoes of the Divine and Oopsy Daisy, and coauthor of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood.
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4 thoughts on “Advent Prayer While Shopping”
Thank you so much for that beautiful prayer. I really needed just those words just at this moment. You have shared a beautiful gift.
This is just amazing! What a beautiful poem and prayer. Melanie (is it ok to call you that or is it Melanie Jean?) You continue to be such a blessing to us. Thank you for opening your heart and sharing with your readers such wonderful nuggets of gold.
I want to say again that the website is beautiful, and I have not mentioned it before but the artwork you incorporate is just stunning.
God bless you and your family.
It is melanie.
the melanie jean is because google gets confused becuase there is a melanie birthing centre in juneau, alasaka!!
you just made my day because i just HAVE to put up great works of art- I can’t hide them on pinterset