* Read * Reflect * Respond * Rest (instructions for Lectio Divina)
May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works—
who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.
Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord! ~ Psalm 104:31-35 NRSV
Questions with your Cup – Advent Week 4: *re•fresh /rǝ’freSH/ (verb) give new strength or energy to
Where do you find yourself needing refreshment?
Work? School? Interactions with specific people?
How can your cup, and what you have experienced here help you refresh in these areas?
The song of Mary is the oldest Advent hymn. It is the most passionate, most vehement ,one might say, revolutionary Advent hymn ever sung. It is not the gentle, sweet, dreamy Mary that we so often see portrayed in pictures, but the passionate, powerful, proud, enthusiastic Mary, who speaks here. None of the sweet, sugary, or childish tones that we find so often in our Christmas hymns, but a hard, strong, uncompromising song of bringing down rulers from their thrones and humbling the lords of this world… ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
A Poem for Advent
In the dark house of space
was no thing,
were no lions rippling
on no dry rocks, there was no sun then
began to sing a word longer than time
where the lions were found, and rocks
went into place
when the Word struck light
in the mortal-made dark
is the sting of fear
and the cry of a hungry people
follows me to sleep.
Christ, God made Flesh
and hope of all creation,
be light that holds me in the dark,
be Word that wakes the world. ~ Queen Anne Christian Church – Advent Meditations
There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure. But I don’t know many of them. ~ Sylvia Plath
Prayer: *pray for this process of re-freshing.
For the things that we love that tell us who we are, Lord hear our prayer. #creditthomasaquinas
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