Opening Prayer: Thank you, O Lord, that you rejoice over us with gladness, singing a joyful song. May we always hear that song of deep love and affection, and allow our souls—and our very lives—to sing our song of love to you in return. Amen.
Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14-20
Journal: What words or images capture your heart in this passage? Why? What does it do within you to know that the God of all creation sings a song over you? It is a song of love. It is a song of homecoming. Can you imagine that song right now? Can you hear it as he sings it over you? Listen to the song of God over you today and find yourself in total harmony and peace with it.
The only true joy on earth is to escape from the prison of our false self and to enter into union with the Life who dwells and sings within the essence of every creature and in the core of our own souls. (New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton)
Closing Prayer: Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. For the Lord will remove his hand of judgment and disperse the armies of your enemy. And the Lord himself, the King of Israel, will live among you! At last your troubles will be over—you need fear no more.
On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be, “Cheer up, don’t be afraid. For the Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will give you victory. He will rejoice over you with great gladness; he will love you and not accuse you.” Is that a joyous choir I hear? No, it is the Lord himself exulting over you in happy song. (TLB)