(The angel of the Lord said to Joseph)  “.. the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”
Matt 1:23 NRSV

Gracious God with us,
guide us through this day.
Grant us wisdom in our decisions,
Truth in our words,
Love in our actions,
Strength in our minds,
And peace in our hearts.

Gracious God we thank you that Jesus is always with us by your Spirit.  At this busy time of year, you know and understand all our situations and the pressures we face.  And so, we take a moment to turn to you, to quieten our minds and reflect on your love and presence in our hearts ….

Gracious God, in these difficult times, it can be hard to see peace and joy in our world.  We come to you with open hearts and hands to draw on your love, your joy, your hope and your peace in Jesus, our strength and salvation.  Thank you for your promise that you will give rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing.* Help us to share your grace with each other, that all may know the loving-kindness of Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us. Amen

Ruth Rushworth

* Jer 31:25 NLT