Personal Devotions: Joy

A dramatic morning sunrise

Photo: Anne Hoganson

On the third Sunday of Advent, we celebrate joy! Many Advent wreathes use a pink candle for this Sunday.

Choose one or more of these prayers for daily use over the course of the week.

Scriptural Prayer

Memorize this scripture:

O come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into God’s presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to God with songs of praise! (Psalm 95:1–2, adapted)


Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4–7)

Breath Prayer

(breathe in) I will draw water, (breathe out) from the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:3)

The Prayer of Jesus

“The New Our Father” by Henry Boon (Aimee Gavin)
Song distributed by Leslie Music Supply; used by permission.

Graces and Blessings

This week create a list or Joy Jar of 105 things that bring you joy. Write or share 15 things that bring you joy (you could do 5 per meal) each day on separate sheets of paper and add it to your Joy Jar. Keep you Joy Jars somewhere prominent (like on your kitchen table or under your Christmas tree) and make sure to give thanks for all of the little things that bring you and your loved ones joy each day. On days when you are having a hard time giving thanks, dip into your Joy Jar.

Find more family prayers and blessings on our At Home page.

Be welcoming. In God’s story, there is always enough!

Alydia Smith is Program Coordinator, Worship, Music, and Spirituality for The United Church of Canada.