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The Oldie’s daily Advent prayer - Rev Steve Morris

Blog | By Reverend Steve Morris | By Rev Steve Morris | Nov 30, 2020

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Tuesday 1st December

Sir Jacob Astley lived at the end of the 15th and into the 16th Century. On the morning of the battle of Edgehill in the English Civil War he prayed:

Oh Lord, Thou knowest how busy I must be this day. If I forget Thee, do not Thou forget me.

In Advent we are encouraged to take a little time to reflect. Plus, we think about the end of the journey – both the end of our own lives and the end of the wait for the Incarnation. I am often enslaved to being and looking busy. I am a priest now, but for decades I was an entrepreneur and ran a brand agency. I was used to working full-on, all of the time and it is hard to let that mindset go. Asley’s prayer works on two levels. It acknowledges our preoccupation (of course, Astley had a battle on his mind). It also reminds us that God has somewhat different priorities.

Front-line Advent, Steve Morris and Barry Hingston, published by Authentic Media. https://www.eden.co.uk/shop/fr...