Friday in the Fourth 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 25:4-5, 8-10, 14 (NLT)
Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you..
The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.
The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant.
Reading: Luke 1:57-66 (NLT)
When it was time for Elizabeth’s baby to be born, she gave birth to a son. And when her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had been very merciful to her, everyone rejoiced with her.
When the baby was eight days old, they all came for the circumcision ceremony. They wanted to name him Zechariah, after his father. But Elizabeth said, “No! His name is John!”
“What?” they exclaimed. “There is no one in all your family by that name.” So they used gestures to ask the baby’s father what he wanted to name him. He motioned for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s surprise he wrote, “His name is John.” Instantly Zechariah could speak again, and he began praising God.
Awe fell upon the whole neighborhood, and the news of what had happened spread throughout the Judean hills. Everyone who heard about it reflected on these events and asked, “What will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was surely upon him in a special way.
Lord Jesus, as we await your return, give us patience and increase our faith.
+ May your glorious light illumine the darkness of a world weighed down by unbelief.
+ May your glorious light illumine the richness and complexity of human thought.
+ May your glorious light illumine the theories and philosophies of our world.
+ May your glorious light illumine our path as we journey on the road to Bethlehem.
Almighty God, now that the birthday of your Son as man is drawing near, we pray that your eternal Word made flesh, will show all tribes and nations the greatness of his love and mercy. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
“Light of the world” – Lauren Daigle
Make your heart ready for the King of Glory to come in. Pray: come dwell in me and be my peace today.
+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holly Spirit. Amen!