God of Joy,
The birth of Christ was heralded by both angels and shepherds, Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross and victorious salvation grants us true joy that cannot be overcome by darkness. We live our lives in joyful expectation as we share in the joy of salvation.
Help us to find joy, a sense of deep abiding delight in God, even when we may be struggling in ways others may not understand or appreciate.
Help us to enter into the great joy that exists in companioning others during a time of healing knowing the power of having been companioned ourselves.
Help us to make every activity during this advent season an opportunity to welcome with joy: the family member, the friend, the neighbor, and the stranger alike.
Jesus, grant us wisdom in the words we use and the actions we do so that we can share Your abundant joy with the world.