Friday of the Third/Gaudete Week of Advent – 16 December 2016
“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
The Lord is coming from heaven in splendour to visit his people,
and bring them peace and eternal life.
We ask to be guided by His love.
He comes to us in more and more ways
as our longing grows.
At the same time, we are being prepared to receive even more grace
that we might be faithful in our daily lives.
Jesus is the Light that shines in the midst of any darkness and witnesses to us that He is being sent to us by His heavenly Father.
May we open our hearts to His coming.
Behold the king will come, the Lord of earth: and he will set us free.
Jesus, You shine a light into the darkness of my life.
I am like a plant in limited sun,
and I find my being turning toward You
longing to be closer,
wanting only to draw near.
Help me to be faithful
in the big decisions of my life
and in the smallest of ways I live out each day.
My goal is salvation, Lord,
and I am painfully aware I can’t do that myself.
Teach me to be patient, to be faithful.
I know there is so much more grace I need
and so much more You want to give me.
Help me to be open to it and to recognize
the many gifts You give me each day.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.