Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Proverbs 9:1-12, Psalm 148, and 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
St. Paul’s words arrive at a welcome time. Even though this week has juxtaposed the birth of Christ and the sacrifice of innocent babies, the incarnation and the cross, we should not lose heart. The inward self is renewed daily by the Holy Spirit. Even though we may be facing martyrdom, God is still working within us. That is a continual source of joy.
Take a few minutes to pray about this. Ask God to renew you so that you can present yourself as a living sacrifice to God. Write your own prayer.