One Prayer a Day for Advent- Week 3
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Waldron, Maureen McCann
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Text from the first half of "One Prayer a Day for Advent - Week 3"The Third Week of Advent SundayI lift my heart up to you, Lord, to thank you for the blessings you shower on me each day. You are the 'joy of my soul.' I know that in your great love, I am held and protected by you. I pray and listen to the good news you send; I ask and feel the healing. I am freed by you from the things in this world that let me hide from you.I rejoice, I rejoice, down to my soul. Help me to prepare my heart to be open and able to receive your immense love. MondayOh, God of wisdom, I want to praise you and give you my life. Like a loving parent, you bless me. You have watched over me, knowing my history and the path that led me to you. Thank you for the peace you promise peace in my life. I ask that I be always aware of the strength of your great power. May it never leave me. So many people before me in so many generations, have served you so humbly, answering your call. Please give me the wisdom and courage to be your humble servant. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel! TuesdayOh, Adonai, dearest Lord, Compassionate God of justice, so many areas of my life seem imprisoned but you promise me real freedom and peace in my life. Renew my spirit and free my soul. Please, open my heart which you have bathed in the longing of Advent. I am awe-struck as your glory fills the earth and I want to follow you in caring for other. Grant me the grace to see how you shine your light on the poor who have such a special place in your heart. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel! WednesdayOh, Jesus who descended from Jesse, you are a sign of God's love. I feel hopeful and expectant, filled with a rebirth of joy and love. I depend you so much. You are a rock for my belief and a sign of God's love. Fill me with your praise! I want to sing your glory, filled with joy for the message of hope you send. I don't always understand when you are acting on my behalf. Thank you for the message of hope you send me. Give me true faith and love as I celebrate the mystery of how you came to be with us. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel!