Truly you are God, and there is no other—
and so we come to you this day,
giving thanks for your many blessings,
for family, friends, and too much food,
for a day set aside to practice gratitude.
We pray that gratitude may carry through as we enter a new season,
a season of waiting, of hope, of expectation.
It is for You that we wait, God.
Sometimes it seems as though you are hidden,
or far away, or silent.
Help us to wait in that darkness, looking for your glimmer of light,
rather than rushing in to fill the void.
You will never leave us nor forsake us—
we believe your promise, but help our unbelief!
In this season we focus all our attention on you,
waiting for you to reveal yourself, your purpose, your will, your call.
In the waiting, we pray for this, your church.
Make yourself known here, O God, that we may be your faithful people,
transformed by your grace into your likeness,
loving, serving, caring, dreaming with you.
In the waiting, we pray for your people in need—
for those who hunger and thirst,
for those who live daily with violence or fear,
for those who despair of ever knowing love or grace.
May your peace that passes all understanding surround us,
may your hope fill our world,
may your light shine in the darkness.
In the waiting, we listen for you in silence.
We pray these and all things in the name of Christ, the One who taught us to pray: Our Father…