Seventeenth Day of Advent
O God Who Comes,
Remind us today that joy comes not from the avoidance of suffering but rather from knowing that you are always with us in our suffering.
Remind us today that joy comes from knowing that our suffering can be joined with the suffering of Christ so that we find meaning and purpose in our suffering.
Remind us today that joy comes from knowing that in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ our suffering has been conquered and that everything will be as it should be—someday.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!