Wednesday in the Second Week of Advent
+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!
Opening Sentence – (In the preparation days of Celtic Advent)
+ We have waited long for You. Deep has been our darkness.
+ We long for You to shine right here among us where we are.
+ We will not fear the shadows that surround us if only You will come among us!
+ We wait for the sound of a cry in the night, the joy that follows pain, the coming of hope.
Reading: Psalm 103:1-4, 8 & 10 (NLT)
Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name). Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.
Reading: Isaiah 40:25-31 (NLT)
“To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.
Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.
O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?
Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Reading: Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Compassionate God: You are filled with unfailing love –
+ You forgive all my sins
+ You heal all my diseases
+ You redeem me from death
+ You crown me with love and tender mercies
Everlasting God: You created the whole earth –
+ You never grow weak or weary
+ Your understanding is beyond my comprehension
+ You strengthen all who trust in You
+ You enable me to soar… to run… to walk
Lord Jesus Christ, Your are the visible image of the invisible God –
+ You are humble and gentle at heart
+ Your Way is not burdensome
+ You offer rest for my soul
+ In You I rest; in You I hope; in You I trust
“Be Still My Soul (In You I Rest)” – Kari Jobe
Make your heart ready for the King of Glory to come in. Pray: come dwell among us and be my peace today.
+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holly Spirit. Amen!