Friday, December 18

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, thank you for the love you show me through your son. Help me to receive the gift of your love, and celebrate it this season. Amen.

Read: Isaiah 11:1-10
Reflect: How did Jesus fulfill this prophesy? What is left to be fulfilled in this prophesy? Why does Isaiah use the images of the animals who are usually enemies being at peace together?

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself.

Hymn: “Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus”
Come, Thou long-expected Jesus,
Born to set Thy people free.
From our fears and sins release us;
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art-
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart!

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a Child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit,
Rule in all our hearts along.
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

Closing Prayer: Heavenly Father, fill me with the joy and hope of the Advent season. Help me to see how you are working now, and ground me in the hope of your coming again. Amen.

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