Monday
Third Week of Advent - Joy


Scripture:

(Zep 3:14-20) Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem!  The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more.  On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak.  The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing  as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it.  I will deal with all your oppressors at that time. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth.  At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the LORD. [NRSV]

Prayer:

God, sometimes our lives are a disaster.  We feel reproached, oppressed, outcast, and ashamed.  Make us aware of your presence in our midst, so that needn't be afraid, and can once again sing and rejoice.