The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; (Isaiah 35:1)
LORD, come and heal our land and make it a fruitful garden for you, that you may rejoice in it.
It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the excellency of our God. (Isaiah 35:2)
Father, we have sowed with tears; help us to come back singing, bringing in the sheaves.
Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. (Isaiah 35:3)
Jesus, our mortal bodies are wearing out, restore us and heal us.
Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; he will come and save you.” (Isaiah 35:4)
Father, you have not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. (Isaiah 35:5)
Holy Spirit, open the eyes and ears of the spiritually blind and deaf to hear and receive the gospel.
Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. (Isaiah 35:6)
Jesus, let every parish in the diocese be a pool of living water where your people may be refreshed.
The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water; in the habitation of jackals, where each lay, there shall be grass with reeds and rushes. (Isaiah 35:7)
Father, bring us “little by little” into the land of your promise. (Deuteronomy 7:22)
A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray. (Isaiah 35:8 )
Holy Spirit, guide our thoughts and fill our hearts so that we walk on the Highway of Holiness.
No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it; it shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk there, (Isaiah 35:9)
Lord, protect our children and your little ones from all predators.
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 35:10)
Thank you, Jesus, for surprising us with joy.
Heal Ireland, Jesus. Let your shed blood cover over all the blood and hatred that has been poured out in that land, and heal the land. Help your people there turn to you with thankful hearts for what you have done and are doing there.
A word received: Trust me, I love you.
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it. (Micah 4:1)
Father, we pray that your work will be exalted above all that we do and that the people of this diocese shall stream to what you are doing.
Many nations shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; he will teach us his ways, and we shall walk in his paths.” For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” (Micah 4:2)
Jesus, please teach us your ways so that we may walk in them.
“He shall judge between many peoples, And rebuke strong nations afar off; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” (Micah 4:3)
A word received: Come to me for my peace.
Come to me; let me teach you and show you how to make peace.
Come to me; come into my open arms.
Christmas Day: 110:1-1(6-7), 132; Micah 4:1-5, 5:2-4; 1 John 4:7-16; John 3:31-36
St. Stephen: December 26: 28, 30 or 118; 2 Chronicles 24:17-22 or Wisdom 4:7-15; Acts 6:1-7 or Acts 7:59-8:8