December 23rd– the fourth Friday of Advent (REfresh)

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Today’s Scripture: 

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

 Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! For lo, I will come and dwell in your midst, says the Lord.  Many nations shall join themselves to the Lord on that day, and shall be my people; and I will dwell in your midst. And you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you.  The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem. Be silent, all people, before the Lord; for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling. ~ Zechariah 2:10-13  NRSV

 

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

When you do a google search on the word refresh – it gives 12,700,00 ways to refresh your computer. My therapist once told me the secret on the “reset button” for our bodies – holding your breath for a count of 10. This week when you feel yourself overwhelmed – try pressing the “refresh” button; and then breathe deeply in the fullness of God!

 

Meditations:

God entered into our world not with the crushing impact of unbearable glory, but in the way of weakness, vulnerability and need. On a wintry night in an obscure cave, the infant Jesus was a humble, naked, helpless God who allowed us to get close to him. We all know how difficult it is to receive anything from someone who has all the answers, who is completely cool, utterly unafraid, needing nothing and in control of every situation. We feel unnecessary, unrelated to this paragon. So God comes as a newborn baby, giving us a chance to love him, making us feel that we have something to give him. ~ Brennan Manning

Jesus observed, “Without me you can do nothing.” Yet we act, for the most part, as though without us God can do nothing. We think we have to make Christmas come, which is to say we think we have to bring about the redemption of the universe on our own. When all God needs is a willing womb, a place of safety, nourishment, and love. “Oh, but nothing will get done,” you say. “If I don’t do it, Christmas won’t happen.”
But why not try it? Leave behind your briefcase and notes. Leave behind your skills and your knowledge. Leave the Christmas decorations up in the attic. Go and find someone in need. ~ Loretta Ross-Gotta

 

When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail. ~ Unknown

 

Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder. ~ Eberhard Arnold

 

Where refugees seek deliverance that never comes

and the heart consumes itself as if it would live,

Where children age before their time

And life wears down the edges of the mind,

Where the old man sits with mind grown cold,

While bones and sinew, blood and cell, go slowly down to death,

Where fear companions each day’s life,

And Perfect Love seems long delayed.

Christmas is waiting to be born:

In you, in me, in all mankind. ~ Howard Thurman

 

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

For freedom which consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought, Lord hear our prayer. #creditpopejohnpaulii

#cupofwonder #cupofwonder16 #lordhearourprayer

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2 Responses

  1. J Morales
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    I love this article in particular. It reminds me of what I heard our lovely Youth Ministries director say to us prior to the start of the Sunday School season. And it is a good reminder here again, to refresh and stay stress-free, because you’re right, it is better to be of sound mind and body – and ultimately God is in control and wants to be in control – to take our burdens. And I don’t have to be everything to everybody or in control or everything ?
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Elizabeth Cuevas
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    When all God needs is a willing womb, a place of safety, nourishment, and love.

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