12/15/12

The Third Candle on the Advent Wreath















If you have an Advent Wreath at home, pray for joy this week as you light the candles each day. If you don't have an Advent Wreath - light any candle and pray for joy. If you have no candle, simply stay right here with the candles above and pray for for the gift of joy...


Our Advent path has taken us now half-way to the celebration of Christ's birthday. Joyful at this mark on our journey, we take off the purple of repentance and don the lighter color of rose for vestments and the Advent wreath. As we light this third candle, let us pray for joy...

(Certainly, our joy may be muted by our troubles. Still, it's at just such times that the healing and peace of Christ can give us a glimpse of the joy he brings, in season and out of season, to hearts burdened with grief and loss...)

Pray for the joy Christ's coming brought us...
Pray for the joy Christ's coming gives us...
Pray for the joy Christ's coming promises...
Pray for the joy that's stronger than tragedy...
Pray for the joy that heals the wounded soul... 
Pray for the joy that gives us strength...
Pray for the joy that brings us hope...
Pray for the joy the lonely long for...
Pray for the joy the grieving hope for...
Pray for the joy that mends the broken heart... 
Pray for the joy only peace can bring...
Pray for the joy that lifts the heart... 
Pray for the joy that laughs in sorrow...
Pray for the joy only God can give...
Pray for the joy others offer us...
Pray for the joy we can share with them... 
Pray for the joy that each of us needs...




 
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