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Greet with Joy

December 21, 2018

Merciful God,
you sent your messengers the prophets
to preach repentance
and prepare the way for our salvation.
Give us grace to heed their warnings
and forsake our sins,
that we may greet with joy
the coming of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer;
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


I’ve been known to ask for help in carrying just one or two more things, explaining that “I’m out of hands.”

You and I can only carry so much, and not just physically.

There are times we have to let go of something in order to grab hold of something better.

This Advent prayer makes that clear.

It reminds us that if we’re going to be able to greet the Christ of Christmas with joy, we first have to stop grasping onto what we shouldn’t be carrying in the first place. In other words, just go ahead and forsake our sins.

The good news is that God won’t leave us empty handed!

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