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Advent Word for Day 24 – JOY

Rejoice in the Lord always.

I will say it again: Rejoice!

Let your gentleness be evident to all.

The Lord is near.

We rejoice in the hope of Christ’s coming.

Let us worship God!

—based on Philippians 4:4-5, NIV






On this Christmas Eve,  O God, it is with gratitude that I pray.   For the sense of anticipation seen so clearly in the faces of children.   For the gentle discipline of those who have been here many times before and have come to understand the worth of waiting and the joy that comes as a result.   Help me to find time on this day, to stop and to listen, to allow your coming to fill my spirit.  Thank you, for Jesus Christ, in whose name I pray.   Amen.