Scripture for the First Tuesday in Advent 2010

Malachi 3:1-4

“See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty. But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years.

Almighty Lord, Your messenger is preparing the way for You. We know You will be a refiner’s fire, a launderer’s soap. Purify and refine us like gold and silver so we can endure the day of Your coming. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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