“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” - Psalm 118:24
This week in Advent, we focus on the grace of joy. Jesus makes joy blossom in our hearts, even while we wait. To enter into the joy God is bringing to your heart this week, I encourage you to pray this prayer adapted from the Presbyterian Church in Canada (presbyterian.ca/worship):
Loving God, Compassionate Son, Healing Spirit,
Holy One in Three and Three in One,
You approach us with such kindness and tenderness.
You look kindly on us, no matter what our state or condition,
Your care for this world is greater than we could ever ask or imagine:
You bring order from chaos.
You turn weeping into laughter.
You turn sorrow into joy, and death into new life.
You redeem all that appears lost, making all things new.
And so we come to you in joy, resting from our work and responsibilities,
trusting you to bring peace amid our anxiety and hope into these uncertain times.
Receive our prayer this day as we anticipate the difference your presence will make to us
through Christ, your Son and our Saviour. Amen.
Grace and peace,