* Read * Reflect * Respond * Rest (instructions for Lectio Divina)
Israel, that will be the day for building your city walls; that will be the day to expand your national boundaries.
In that day, people will come to you from everywhere: from Assyria to cities in Egypt,
From Egypt to the Euphrates River, from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain.
The earth will become a desert because those who live on it will produce no fruit from their labors.
God, with Your shepherd’s staff lead Your people to pasture; lead the flock that belongs to You
And grazes alone in the forest surrounded by garden lands.
Let them graze in Bashan and Gilead as they used to do, long ago.
I will show you wonders as you saw in the days when you came out of Egypt. ~ Micah 7:11-15 The Voice
Questions with your Cup – Advent Week 1: *re•form /re’fôrm/ (verb) to make changes in order to improve
Is there something you don’t like about this cup?
How is your life like that aspect of the cup?
You are cast perfectly in your life. It’s a joy to watch. And with so little rehearsal too! Thank you. ~ Lin Manuel Miranda
My call has always been to be a bridge, to be an edge dweller, to let those on both sides know what it looks like, to remind the other that the other exists. A therapist once told me that sounded exhausting. Some days and weeks that call is easier than others. And yet, even in the hardest of days, the fellow edge dwellers, we find each other. We whisper stories that warm hearts and remind each other to take breaks. We tell each other things that start with, “I haven’t told anyone this but…” We don’t fully live in one world or the other. Fellow edge dwellers, take heart. Keep going. Your work is holy. ~ Holly Rankin Zaher
Jesus comes not for the super-spiritual but for the wobbly and the weak-kneed; who know they don’t have it all together and who are not too proud to accept the handout of amazing grace. ~ Brennan Manning
God is to be understood as moving us not as an external force from without, but as a sustaining strength from within. God dwells in the center of every person; an unseen, largely unknown Strength and Wisdom. Moving them to be human to grow and to expand their humanity to the utmost of its capacity. ~ Christopher Bryant, Society of St. John the Evangelist (1905-1985)
Prayer: *pray for this process of forming and re-forming.
For warm hands to hold, enough to eat, and words that heal a sin sick soul, 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 – that means with the phone parallel to the ground, Momma)
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