* Read * Reflect * Respond * Rest (instructions for Lectio Divina)
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.” ~ John 3:16-21 NRSV
Questions with your Cup – Advent Week 3: *re•fill /rē’fil/ (verb) to fill (a container) again
Do you feel your spiritual cup is overflowing? What might you be called to do about that?
Emptiness is a very common complaint in our days, not the purposeful emptiness of the virginal heart and mind but a void, meaningless, unhappy condition. Strangely enough, those who complain the loudest of the emptiness of their lives are usually people whose lives are overcrowded, filled with trivial details, plans, desires, ambitions, unsatisfied cravings for passing pleasures, doubts, anxieties and fears; and these sometimes further overlaid with exhausting pleasures which are an attempt, and always a futile attempt, to forget how pointless such people’s lives are. Those who complain in these circumstances of the emptiness of their lives are usually afraid to allow space or silence or pause in t heir lives. They dread space, for they want material things crowded together, so that there will always be something to lean on for support. They dread silence, because they do not want to hear their own pulses beating out the seconds of their life, and to know that each beat is another knock on the door of death. Death seems to them to be only the final void, the darkest loneliest emptiness. They have no sense of being related to any abiding beauty, to any indestructible life: they are afraid to be alone with the unrelated hearts. Our own effort will consist in sifting and sorting out everything that is not essential and that fills up space and silence in us and in discovering what sort of shape this emptiness in us is. From this we shall learn what sort of purpose God has for us. In what way are we to fulfill the work of giving Christ life in us? ~ Caryll Houselander
Frequently a big advantage can be gained by knowing how to give in at the right moment. ~ Francois Fenelon
It’s not the future that you’re afraid of. It’s repeating the past that makes you anxious. ~ Pinterest
Prayer: *pray for this process of filling and refilling.
For wrinkles that mean we laughed, grey hairs that mean we cared, and scars that mean we lived, Lord hear our prayer. #creditpinterest
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