Advent Devotional

Song of Songs 2:8-14; Psalm 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21; Luke 1:39-45
“Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, O Israel!”
Today’s readings touch a lot on voice. The Psalms speak of the joys of singing praises to the Lord. The verses from Song of Songs focus on the voice of the lover and how sweet it is to hear it. Finally, in the Gospel, we see Elizabeth crying out in gladness to see Mary and the Savior she carries.
The Advent season would be very lacking without the wonderful Christmas carols and hymns, sung every Sunday in December. Everyone, young and old, joins in on the favorites, “Joy to the World” and “Away in the Manger,” voices strong and hearts happy. It is moving to listen and hear the gratitude, the anticipation, and the pure joy expressed in those songs. There is so much beauty in the community of followers all praising together, all celebrating the coming of Jesus, just as Elizabeth did. The Advent season is a time where we can express our inner feelings of thanksgiving through our actions, our gifts and our songs.
Katie de Araujo, Class of 2018, is a Culture and Politics major in the School of Foreign Service.

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