A Collect for Christmas and for the Joy of the Lord

Mighty Lord, who took on the vulnerability of an infant, we are immeasurably grateful for your willingness to take on our flesh, to walk with us, and to share in our joys and our pains. Let us not be distracted by all that the world demands of us this day, but in the deepest parts of our hearts, fill us with your love and joy, Immanuel, for you are with us, through you who reigns with the Father and Holy Spirit. Amen. ‘ But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see–I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”‘ – Luke 2:10-11