Almighty God in heaven. You are the ruler over all. You set the planets spinning and created every living thing, yet you have the time and interest in a personal relationship with me. O, Father, Abba, Daddy, there is no one like you, who dearly loves me, holds me closely, saves me mightily, rejoices over me gladly, lovingly quiets me and loudly sings exultation over me! Let me hear the song you sing. Teach me the lyrics. Write them across my heart. Nourish my soul with their precious meaning. Nothing means more to me than your love for me, Lord. Nothing has greater power to change me. I pray that this advent season shows others your profoundly great love. Let them feel the touch of your gospel. May they sense the warmth of your arm across their shoulders. Push a Holy Spirit shiver through them in recognition of who you are. I pray in the name and authority of Jesus, the Holy One, according to your good and perfect will. Amen.

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” (Zephaniah 3: 17 ESV)