Advent Prayer While Shopping

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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.

4 thoughts on “Advent Prayer While Shopping

  1. Thank you so much for that beautiful prayer. I really needed just those words just at this moment. You have shared a beautiful gift.


  2. 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.


    1. 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


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