Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 20 December

Saba smiles and cuddles her three children close

Saba has been learning to live happily with her children in a refugee camp in Bangladesh

“Rejoice, you who enjoy God’s favour! The Lord is with you.” 

Luke 1:28

The angel Gabriel’s first words to Mary are to wish her joy. For the Lord is with her.

We can get so caught up in the busyness of our lives, or so overwhelmed by all that is going on around us, it can sometimes be hard to find joy. It is easy to feel like we have been abandoned. We can question where God is in the world today.

But sometimes if we stop, and take the time to look around, we can spot the little things that remind us that God is with us too.

Whether it is a moment of sunshine on a cloudy day, a smile from someone, or a helping hand when we are struggling. Or the sound of the birds singing, the beauty of nature, a hot cup of tea on a cold morning.

Saba, a Rohingya refugee from Myanmar now living in a camp in Bangladesh says,

“When I see my children’s faces, I forget all the sorrows that I have to endure. I have been learning to live happily with them.”

As Christmas approaches, let us take the time to seek the things that bring us joy, and to share that joy with others, remembering that Christ is always with us.

Advent prayer

God-with-us,
you made your home among us,
loved by your mother Mary,
and bringing her joy.
As we prepare to celebrate your birth,
be with us now,
especially with those who are seeking refuge.
Comfort us all and bring us joy.
Amen.

Act

Take some time out to pause and reflect on what gives you joy. Give thanks to God in prayer for all the good things in life.

Do at least one thing today that makes you happy. Do at least one thing that will bring joy to others.

Pray with us

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