“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
Though the grass withers and the flower wilts,
the word of our God stands forever
Our God comes with power to save us.
Each of us can name what it is we long to be saved from.
Today, let’s imagine ourselves freer.
Throughout the day, let’s picture new ways of responding
to challenging relationships, habitual sins
and other ruts we are in.
As we envision our freedom we experience
how much our God desires to save us.
It is not the will of your heavenly Father
that one of these little ones be lost.
I hear it over and over: You are coming to me.
I feel my heart stir in anticipation,
and I sense that You are inviting me
to enter more deeply
into the mystery of Your birth.
Help me to feel renewed patience settle in my heart,
and to lift my face in joy.
I have been like a lost lamb,
but I hear Your voice calling me
and I feel how deeply You want me to return.
I know that You rejoice in my desire to find You!
Help me not to be afraid to say out loud, to believe:
Here is God, coming into my life.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.