for worship next week in Port Phillip prison
Not all anticipation is hopeful,
and not all waiting is good;
so we pray for those for whom this season brings only despair.
We pray with those here in prison who long
for a decision from the parole board
for any news from a lawyer
for a phonecall from a loved one that never comes:
God of the waiting, turn anxiety into peace.
We pray with those we know who long
for a diagnosis and healing
God of the waiting, turn fear into joy.
We pray with those in the world who long
for bombs to stop
for gunfire to cease
for wars to end:
God of the waiting, turn hatred into peace.
We pray with all who long
for arguments to be stilled
for a new way to be made clear
for justice to be made real:
God of the waiting, turn dread into love.
And we pray for those of us who no longer wait,
because our dreams have been shredded by the razor wire that surrounds us,
our hopes lie crumpled under the weight of systems and structures,
and our courage has been mocked by the reality of life:
God of the waiting, can you wait for us?
In this Advent, turn our despair into hope.