The Advent prayer for Friday, December 2, 2002, comes to us from: Hark the Herald Angels Sing: Daily Prayers for Advent.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!"
Our scripture records one of the first instances of a “flash mob” - a group of people mobilized to meet in a public place for the purpose of doing an unusual or entertaining activity of short duration. The shepherds are tending their flocks when they encounter an angelic messenger, which terrifies them. The messenger offers them an invitation to go to the city of David and find: “a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger” Luke 2:12 NRSV. As the messenger finishes, suddenly, in the emptiness of the pasture, a great multitude of heavenly host appears giving God praise.
There is something amazing that happens when a gathered crowd joins in harmonious and enthusiastic outburst. We witness such phenomena during sporting events, at the conclusion of a play, or symphony. A crescendo of applause erupts, voices pronounce accolades, and some demand an encore. Similarly, our worship services ought to have a palpable level of joy and jubilation that creates an atmosphere of genuine adoration for our Savior. As we edge ever closer to the manger, let us adopt of posture of exuberant praise that becomes the hallmark of our times of worship.
Sixth Day of Advent Prayer
Dear God, so much in our lives happens “suddenly.” Suddenly our plans and dreams give way to something only you could foresee. It takes us by surprise. But, we can understand that you always know what is coming next. So we need not fear, because you have plans to use us in ways that bring you glory and gives help and hope to all those around us. Amen.