Stories of Hope – December 2

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O come, O Key of David, come, and open wide our heav’nly home; make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel.

To hold a key is to wield enormous power. When we open or close doors for others – to a university education, to a career opportunity, to a small business loan, to a prison cell – it makes all the difference in their lives. The future shifts when one door closes or when one opens.

Too often, keys are dolled out in an unjust manner. Privilege and unconscious bias influence who is given the keys to our society’s institutions. We need to spread the keys around. We need to take turns. Even when power is used responsibly, with the best of intentions, all human power is tainted by sin. We make mistakes.

In Advent, we wait for the day when Jesus will hold the keys. We long for a day when no mistakes are made. We look to God, and we cry for justice.

  1. When have you seen power used well? When have you seen its abuse?
  2. What doors has God opened and closed in your life? Can you trust God with the keys?

Let us pray. “O Key of David, O royal power of Israel, controlling at your will the gate of heaven: Come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and lead your captive people into freedom.” Amen.


All italicized quotes, poems, and prayers come from An Advent Sourcebook (Liturgy Training Publications/Chicago, IL, 1986).

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