Fourth Week of Advent, Friday, December 24, 2021
Before those people lived in darkness,
but now they have seen a great light.
They lived in a dark land,
but a light has shined on them.
God, you have caused the nation to grow
and made the people happy.
And they have shown their happiness to you,
like the joy during harvest time,
like the joy of people
taking what they have won in war.
Like the time you defeated Midian,
you have taken away their heavy load
and the heavy pole from their backs
and the rod the enemy used to punish them.
Every boot that marched in battle
and every uniform stained with blood
has been thrown into the fire.
A child has been born to us;
God has given a son to us.
[The Child] be responsible for leading the people.
[The child’s] name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God,
Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace.
Power and peace will be in [the LORD’s] kingdom
and will continue to grow forever.
[The LORD] will rule as king on David’s throne
and over David’s kingdom.
[The LORD] will make it strong
by ruling with justice and goodness
from now on and forever.
The LORD All-Powerful will do this
because of [their] strong love for [their] people.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
Our souls wait for you more than those who watch for the morning. We seek you before the rising of the sun. We look to the east, and we look to the mountains, which reflect your light. We find you here, as we always do. You look upon us with such love, and we find new strength for the coming day, knowing we bring you such joy.
O loving God, we join Mary as our souls praise you and our hearts rejoice in you. We are your Image-bearers, who bring your message of love. “We carry the Spirit of the Risen Christ in the temple of our souls” (Joyce Rupp, Welcome the Light, p.17). We, your beloved children, receive your message of peace and love and share it with the world.
I feel your joy for me today, LORD, and thank you for…
We look to you LORD, and trust in your perfect authority, wisdom and love. All you have promised is surely coming true for us in your perfect timing. We wait on you, and we are glad that you are near to us. Your joy is perfect. We feel your joy and love flowing through us and wait with anticipation for you to fulfill your promise of new birth.
With joy, we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler
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