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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Matthew 24:37 - 44

Joy In The Journey

Every year, we find ourselves beset with the hap-hap-happiest time of the year, and while we call it Advent, the rest of the world calls it Christmas.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us to stay awake. “You do not know on which day your Lord will come,” He reminds us. It’s a fitting reminder as we look around. In many places, the decorations and songs have already been proclaiming the Christmas season for months. Who could sleep with all this noise?

It’s possible to become immune to the bustle and activity. Jesus reminds us not to get too comfortable with where we are. We have three weeks and a few days to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christmas. 

There’s joy in the journey to the manger. We can find it, even though our to-do lists may be a mile long and our calendars may be packed with parties, meetings, and deadlines.

Sometimes, the best way to get ready is to carve out a special time. When can you find five minutes to sit silently with the Lord each day this week? How can you make the time to get ready spiritually for the day of His coming?

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Daily Prayer

Lord God,
only you can see into my heart and know
that under all the busy-ness of my life,
there is a deep longing
to make this Advent one that welcomes you
more deeply into my own life.

My heart desires the warmth of your love
and my mind searches for your Light
in the midst of the darkness.

Help me to be a peacemaker this Advent
and to give special love to those
who disagree with me.
Give me the strength and courage
to forgive those who have hurt me.
Help me to free my heart
from the prison of my anger and hurt.

SOURCE: Creighton University Online Ministries

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Advent Wreath

We have included a prayer for the weekly Advent wreath candle lighting as part of the Advent celebration. 

Make this part of your family Advent practices by creating your Advent wreath (3 purple candles and 1 pink for week three). Light the first candle on the wreath after saying the prayer below.

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Prayers for Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles

O Lord, stir up Thy might, we beg Thee, and come, that by Thy protection we may deserve to be rescued from the threatening dangers of our sins and saved by Thy deliverance. Through Christ our Lord.   Amen.