Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 21 December

Kadar holds two of his small children outside their home in Syria

Kadar with two of his children outside their rented home in Syria

“For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy.” 

Luke 1:44

Mary and Elizabeth are filled with joy at seeing one another again. Elizabeth’s unborn child leaps with joy on hearing Mary’s voice.

We all need some joy in our lives. Whether, like Mary and Elizabeth, that comes from seeing family members again after a long time. Or whether it comes from spending time with those closest to us who we see regularly.

We can find joy in quiet and stillness or in the midst of a busy party. We may find joy in nature and the beauty of our surroundings. Or our joy may come from achieving something that we have worked towards for a long time.

It is important to recognise the good things in life, to celebrate and rejoice in them.

Kadar is a teacher in Syria. He fled his home town because of the conflict. Although he has taken on a second job, money is tight and he struggles to afford all the things his family needs.  

But despite the challenges and working so hard, he always makes time for his family.

“At home, I sit with my children. We spend evenings having fun. My wife and I talk to the children and play with them.”

He talks of the atmosphere of fun in his home and says, “Life would be awful to live without fun.”

Kadar says that this light-hearted and happy atmosphere has helped his family through the most difficult of times.

Advent prayer

God of joy, fill us with your Spirit of hope and happiness. Help us to see all the things in our lives that we have to be joyful about and to do what we can to share this joy with others. Amen.


Take some time out to pause and reflect on what brings 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.

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