* Read * Reflect * Respond * Rest (instructions for Lectio Divina)
He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” ~ Luke 22:39-46 NRSV
Questions with your Cup – Advent Week 3: *re•fill /rē’fil/ (verb) to fill (a container) again
As you pour yourself a cup of something warm, ponder how your life is poured out in service to others.
God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it. ~ Pope Francis
We cannot embrace God’s forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges.
~ T.D. Jakes
There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved: It is God’s finger on man’s shoulder. ~ Charles Morgan
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships so that you may live deep within your own heart. May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may wish for justice, freedom, and peace. May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. ~ A Franciscan Blessing
Prayer: *pray for this process of filling and refilling.
For those who work thankless jobs with quiet grace and integrity, Lord hear our prayer.
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