December 21st – the fourth Wednesday of Advent (REfresh)

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Today’s Scripture: 

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

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear;
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,
and faithfulness the belt around his loins.

The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze,
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.
They will not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea. ~ Isaiah 11:1-9  NRSV

 

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

Jeremiah 31:25 says, “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”

How is God refreshing your weary spirit or satisfying the parts of you that are just “done” in this season?

 

Meditations:

When we open our hearts enough to truly love, our enemies can open up the possibility for our healing. It’s not just about treating our enemies a certain way; it’s about the fruits of relating to each other, to everyone, in the fullness of Christ’s love. When we practice loving fully, our great reward is being free from holding onto feelings like anger and hatred. ~Br. Nicholas Bartoli

 

Suppose Christianity is not a religion but a way of life, a falling in love with God, and, through Him, a falling in love with our fellows. ~ J. B. Phillips

 

That is why faith, wherever it develops into hope, cause not rest but unrest, not patience but impatience. It does not calm the unquiet heart, but is itself this unquiet heart in man. Those who hope in Christ can no longer put up with reality as it is, but begin to suffer under it, to contradict it. Peace with God means conflict with the world, for the goad of the promised future stabs inexorably into the flesh of every unfulfilled present. ~ Jurgen Moltmann

 

We are better givers than getters, not because we are generous people, but because we are proud, arrogant people. The Christmas story – the one according to Luke, not Dickens – is not about how blessed it is to be givers but about how essential it is to see ourselves as receivers. ~William Henry Willimon

 

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

For those who can’t believe in God because their God is too small, Lord hear our prayer. #creditjamesphillips

#cupofwonder #cupofwonder16 #lordhearourprayer

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2 Responses

  1. Teresa Antley
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    Exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you Ms. Karri <3

  2. Dianne Rader
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    Really satisfying reflections today. Love the quote from William Henry Willimon.

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