November 29th – the first Tuesday of Advent (REform)

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oday’s Scripture: 

Read * Reflect * Respond * Rest (instructions for Lectio Divina)

For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. ~ Psalm 139:13-16 NRSV



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

Whose hands formed this cup? How was it made; in a factory, a kiln’s fire or on a potter’s wheel?

Whose hands have helped to form you? Through which of life’s “factories” have you been processed? What fires have you withstood? How do you respond to the Potter’s touch? In what ways is God, the Potter, pressing upon you this Advent?



Day by day we are given not what we want but what we need. Sometimes it is a feast and sometimes… swept crumbs, but by faith we believe it is enough. ~ Barbara Brown Taylor


Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. ~ Daniel Iverson 1890 – 1977


One of my best friends taught me to write “Hope to do” on my lists rather than just “To Do List”. It reminds me to apply grace in knowing it’s not all going to get done today. When I bragged about it to my life coach, he took it one step further and made me write toward the bottom of the page “Stuff I Cannot Do”. It was much harder to write those words and harder still to find things I was willing to write under that. I’m just one person. I get the same 24 hours everyone else gets. I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. I just can’t do it all today… and some of it wasn’t mine to do anyway. ~ KariAnn Lessner #creditmelissapeter #creditrandallsylvestre


Love casts out fear, but we have to get over the fear in order to get close enough to love them. ~ Dorothy Day


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

For the hands of those who have helped to shape and mold us in our forming and reforming, Lord hear our prayer.

P.S. Email me a picture of your cup and you might spy your cup up here next week! (Must be taken landscape – or sideways for y’all folks in the south)

#cupofwonder #cupofwonder16 #lordhearourprayer

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8 Responses

  1. Julie
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    I try so hard to get most of my Christmas shopping done by December 1 so I can enjoy the peace and Joyce the advent season….. this blog is such a blessing!

    • kalessner
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      Smart woman! I need to take a few notes from you.

  2. Laura Castle
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    What a blessing you are sweet sister. Cup of Wonder is the perfect Advent reflection for me. Love and miss you.

    • kalessner
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      I love getting to share A Cup of Wonder with you… Love you & miss you too!

      • kalessner
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        I’d love to rock on your porch and share a Cup of Wonder with you. I’d settle for a picture! 😉

  3. Joan Eubanks
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    I love your advent series. I did better with it last year because I saw it on Facebook. This year I have difficulty going to your site every day!! I keep forgetting! Love you!

    • kalessner
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      Joan, I’ve been putting the link on Facebook every morning. If that’s an easier way to get it check my FB page each morning! Love you too!

  4. Carver Mathis
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    I can’t do it all today.

    Great reminder for me. Sometimes, I forget.

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