Fourth Week of Advent, Thursday, December 23, 2021
My soul praises the Lord;
my heart rejoices in God my Savior,
because [God] has shown concern for [their] humble servant girl.
From now on, all people will say that I am blessed,
because the Powerful One has done great things for me.
[The Lord’s] name is holy.
God will show [their] mercy forever and ever
to those who worship and serve him.
[The Lord] has done mighty deeds by [their] power.
[The Lord] has scattered the people who are proud
and think great things about themselves.
[The Lord] has brought down rulers from their thrones
and raised up the humble.
[The Lord] has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away with nothing.
[The Lord] has helped [their] servants, the people of Israel,
remembering to show them mercy
as [the Lord] promised to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his children forever.”
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
It is so good to praise your name and dwell with you in the safety of your holy prayer space. We rest on the threshold, as we await to give birth to the Christ in our own lives. You are preparing us for the coming glory when you shall once again remind creation of your sovereign love and wisdom as our saviour.
O loving God, you have been with us on this journey to the celebration of Jesus coming to our world. You are always with us, even when we do not acknowledge or listen to You. You fill us with your love and your breath. You are eternal; we are a moment. We are your creation, which you say is good and prove the goodness of creation and humankind by sending your son into our world. Your way brings peace and joy.
I remember to remember your glorious promises today, LORD, and thank you for…
All our pride and purpose are stripped away in your presence, LORD. Like the chaff from the wheat, you remove all that stands between us. There is now only us and you. Your presence is all around us. We breathe you in and feel your life within us. You are in every song we sing.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler
Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
2 Peter 1:15-21