December 19th– the fourth Monday of Advent (REfresh)

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Today’s Scripture: 

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

My child, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.

Do not let them escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.

For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.

Keep straight the path of your feet, and all your ways will be sure.

Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil. ~ Proverbs 4:20 – 27  NRSV

 

Questions with your Cup – Advent Week 4: *re•fresh /rǝ’freSH/ (verb) give new strength or energy to

What sounds, sights, smells, tastes and feelings cause you to be refreshed?

How can you pause today and experience one or more of these REfreshers?

 

Meditations:

Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ. ~ C.S. Lewis

 

The crucial step in creative work is the first step we take beyond the merely functional, the strictly necessary. The pottery jug shaped and glazed with an eye to beauty. The flower brought in from the field to beautify a dwelling. They are indeed small steps. But they are giant leaps toward larger life. -Br. Mark Brown

 

I find that people who are (somewhat) secure within love are less likely to criticize, more likely to encourage, less likely to judge, more likely to forgive. When you are satisfied in love, your level of verbal contempt goes down. What we want to be is a realistic forgiver. What we want someone else to be is a realistic forgiver. I know that mean, malicious thoughts are always close at hand. Always…But when I am treated with a little mercy, I definitely get nicer. ~ Paul Zahl

 

The inn was full… There are many of you who think to yourselves: “If only I had been there! How quick I would have been to help the baby!” Why don’t you do it now? You have Christ in your neighbor. You ought to serve your neighbor, for what you do to your neighbor in need you do to the Lord Christ himself. ~ Martin Luther

 

Prayer: *pray for this process of re-freshing.

For the mind that is wide awake and the body that begs the snooze button for five minutes more, Lord hear our prayer.

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  1. Ruth Trout
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    Thank you, Kari, these have really mattered to me. I wish all of you a joyful and blessed Christmas.

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