Advent II: Make Us Ready


Father, make us ready.
This ground is fallow.
We have followed
Crooked paths to vales of shadow.
The cracked and drought-laced dust of earth
Thirsts and groans beneath our feet.
May we know dryness and longing
So when the rains come
To wash us clean
We will not run for shelter’s awning
But welcome the storm
Arms wide, hearts alive.

Jen was born and raised in central Florida, but now lives in the strange land of southern New England. Her words have appeared in TS Poetry’s Every Day Poems, CCM Magazine, and other publications, and she recently released her first poetry collection Ruins & Kingdoms. Some of her favorite things include used bookstores, good coffee, messing about in the kitchen, and local adventures with her husband Chris.


  1. Esther O'Reilly

    Have you ever read some of the Advent collects in the Book of Common Prayer? They’re very inspiring.

  2. Rhonni


    Jen, I promised to let you know how we used your advent poetry in my friend’s church service, so here goes…  She pastors a small church in Pampa, Texas (in the Panhandle of the state) .  We used this 2nd week of Advent poem and she made it into the Call to Worship as a responsive reading.  This one is particularly meaningful to us who live in this area because of the number of years of drought we have lived through recently.

    We linked it to a song I wrote called “Come: An Advent Prayer” which was accompanied by guitar.  The pastor has heard many positive responses about the service (which was November 27th).  Thanks so much for letting us use your creative work!

    This body of Christ is taking baby steps toward more creative worship…

    Blessings of the season,




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