(1 Thessalonians 5:16-24) Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil. May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this. [NRSV]
Gracious and loving God, fill us with joy in this Advent season. Give us the discernment to focus on what is good, and hold fast to it. Please, don't let us get so caught up in trimming the hearth and setting the table, that your Spirit within us is quenched amid the flood of activities. Jesus, keep our souls and bodies sound; we know that you are faithful, and will do this.