November 27th – the first Sunday of Advent (REform)

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cup35Basic instructions before Cup of Wonder:

 

What to do when you sit down with your cup/mug:

  1. Choose a cup – size matters not (unless you are me – I like big cups and I cannot lie!)
  2. Brew something warm to put in your cup or mug
  3. Grab your bible,  journal and a pen
  4. Visit lessnerismore.com daily with the above and let your heart make room for Emmanuel, God with us.
  5. For more backstory and FAQ’s

 

This year for Cup of Wonder we will use “Lectio Divina” (a Latin term meaning “sacred reading”) as a means to open ourselves to what God wants to say to us through scripture. In the 12th century, a Carthusian monk named Guigo, suggested that there are four stages that are key to the practice of Lectio Divina. St. Ignatius of Loyola said this practice allows you to “savor” the text… sounds like WONDER to me!

Read (lectio – stage #1) Read the appointed scripture either here or in your bible at home; read it slowly and thoughtfully so that the Word comes to settle in you. What does the text say? What is going on in this Bible passage?

Reflect (meditation – stage #2) Think about the scripture text chosen and let it roll around in your head so that you glean from it what God wants to give you. What is God saying to you through the text? Is there something God may want to reveal to you in this passage?

Respond (oratio – stage #3) Move the reading from your head to your heart – leave the “thinking” to the side and just let your heart speak to God. Your response is inspired by your reflection on the Word of God. What do you want to say to God about this text? (Be honest and don’t worry – God can handle your questions AND emotions!)

Rest (contemplation – stage #4) Let go of your own ideas, plans and meditations and also your holy words and thoughts. Just simply rest in the Word; listening at the deepest level of your being. Now take what you have received in the Word and live that out in your daily life. What do you need to do, based on your prayer? (Prayer should move us to action.)

 

Today’s Scripture: * Read * Reflect * Respond * Rest

“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.

The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

That word is the good news that was announced to you.  ~ 1 Peter 1:24-25 NRSV

 

Question with your Cup – Advent Week 1: *re•form /re’fôrm/ (verb) to make changes in order to improve

Think about this cup and when it was made. Who fashioned it? How was it made? How long will it last?

How is your life like this cup?

In what ways is God re-forming you? Making you new?

 

Meditations:

Grace means that all of your mistakes now serve a purpose instead of serving shame. ~ homeword.com

The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We’re still trying to give orders and interfering with God’s work within us. ~ A.W. Tozer

I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of: for to be born in God’s thought, and then made by God is the dearest and most precious thing in all thinking. ~ C.S. Lewis

 

Prayer: *pray for this process of forming and re-forming.

For signs of age that freak us out and sometimes hurt and knowing that we can lean into your changelessness when we need to catch our breath, Lord hear our prayer.

 

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