May I Walk With You? Advent Prayer

December 10, 2019

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at

When you are in love with someone, you spend a lot of time talking with them. When you meet God and experience his love, you spend a lot of time talking with God. That’s called prayer. When I fell in love with Mary Jo, we spend a lot of time with each other and talking. When we couldn’t be in each other’s company, we wrote letters, sent cards, made phone calls and read and reread received letters and cards. Sometimes there really wasn’t much to say, but I was thrilled to know she was conscious of me and that we were ok. We committed our lives to each other and are still together. While there have been some rough times, when our communication was good, so was our relationship.

Just as my relationship with Mary Jo depends on good communication, our relationship with God depends on prayer. Sometimes we pray together as in praying the rosary and going to mass and prayer before meals. Sometimes we pray individually as in reading and contemplating Bible readings or just talking to God. Sometimes I share my prayer life with Mary Jo and she shares hers with me. I always share with her where I think God is leading me and I trust her intuition and input.

My hope for you this Advent Season is that you will find a little more time to pray. Some people find it easy to set aside a little time when they get up or on the way to work, or a few minutes after lunch or evening. I often pray the rosary when I awaken in the night. A friend sends me the daily gospel readings by email. It is easy for me to take a minute to read God’s word. During the day I may repeat a one like mantra or line from the Bible. Sometimes when I remember those who would harm me or have harmed me, I ask God to forgive and bless them. When I remember sins that I have committed, I ask God to forgive me and then I get on with my life.

Speaking of forgiveness, I try never to offend or harm any one in any way, yet sometimes I do. If it is the case where I have harmed you, please forgive me and ask God to forgive me, too. Both of us will be better prepared for Christmas and a new birth of Christ into our lives.

“May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his face shine upon you and give you his peace.”

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