December 11, 2021

Prayer for Joy in God’s Creation

O heavenly Father, you have filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Psalm 32

  Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, *
and whose sin is put away!
  Happy are they to whom the LORD imputes no guilt, *
and in whose spirit there is no guile!
  While I held my tongue, my bones withered away, *
because of my groaning all day long.
  For your hand was heavy upon me day and night; *
my moisture was dried up as in the heat of summer.
  Then I acknowledged my sin to you, *
and did not conceal my guilt.
  I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.” *
Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin.
  Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble; *
when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.
  You are my hiding-place; you preserve me from trouble; *
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
  I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go; *
I will guide you with my eye.
10   Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding; *
who must be fitted with bit and bridle, or else they will not stay near you.”
11   Great are the tribulations of the wicked; *
but mercy embraces those who trust in the LORD.
12   Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the LORD; *
shout for joy, all who are true of heart.

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