December 15th– the third Thursday of Advent (REfill)

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cup56Today’s Scripture: 

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

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’”

Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

 “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” ~ Matthew 3:1-12  NRSV


Questions with your Cup – Advent Week 3: *re•fill /rē’fil/ (verb) to fill (a container) again

On a backpack campout as a kid, I failed one time to properly clean out my mug. In the predawn next morning, my dad, sweetly brought me my mug full of hot cocoa. He didn’t see the random noodles left over from the previous evening’s dinner. But even in the dark, I knew they were there. I learned toot sweet, the importance of cleaning out your cup. What is God trying to clean out in you, in order to make room for something new he intends for your good?



Beauty is wisdom purified – the sum of life – the total of our breath. ~ Henry Lynden Flesh


When the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind. ~ Chinese proverb


Hope means to keep living amid pain and desperation and to keep humming in the darkness. ~ Henri Nouwen


Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work or watch or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ, give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering pity the afflicted, shield the joyous, and all for your love’s sake. Amen. ~ The Book of Common Prayer


Prayer: *pray for this process of filling and refilling.

For those who speak volumes and for those whose silence speaks louder than words, Lord hear our prayer.

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  1. Laura Castle
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    Love. A clean “cup” is so important. I’ve had some dried up noodles float to the top before… and if we hand it to Him, Father just scoops them off, cleanses us, and reFills. Sweet analogy,

    • kalessner
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      I love that you can see the word picture, dear friend. And for me the gift of your picture back – the Father scooping noodles out of my cup of wonder… beautiful. Love you.

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