Gather around your candles. Light prior week’s candles. Read the scripture, speak the prayer, light the candle. For further devotion, read the Christmas Connection.

Scripture ~ Luke 1:39-40, 44-45

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. …

44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Prayer of Joy:

Great God of Joy, this season of Advent comes in the year of Covid. We are distracted by mandates. We miss family and friends in our homes. This season feels bleak, but so did the first Christmas. Today, as then, we know You are at work to bring good. Help us to see, hear, and feel your good works. Give us laughter to leap, because good will triumph. Let Your light of Joy burn in our hearts. Amen. 

Now, Light the Pink Candle of Joy.

Christmas Connection: Luke 2:8-20