Sunday, December 11, 2016

Third Week of Advent

We begin this third week of Advent asking to feel the joy 
that comes from knowing our Lord's coming to us is near. 
In these precious days ahead, we are praying, longing, hoping 
in the background of our everyday lives.

His mission is for each of us who ask, "What must we do?" 
He tells us to give away our coats, our security.
He asks that we not bully people but be content with our lives.

We can smile today as we imagine the freedom he has won for us 
and how liberating it will be to live it, with him, for others. 
It is right to give our God thanks and praise.

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, 
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, 
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding 
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 6-7

Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!
Sing joyfully, O Israel!
Be glad and exult with all your heart. Zephaniah 3: 14

Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. 
In all circumstances give thanks.
Philippians 4

May the Lord bless us, 
protect us from all evil 
and bring us to everlasting life. 

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