* Read * Reflect * Respond * Rest (instructions for Lectio Divina)
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13 Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. name. ~ Matthew 25:1-13 NRSV
Questions with your Cup – Advent Week 4: *re•fresh /rǝ’freSH/ (verb) give new strength or energy to
Today is the day to take stock of what’s inside your cup. Before you head out into the world, think about what will spill out of you if you “overflow”; Will it be more of Him who loves you and came to be God with you? Or will it be you, your opinions, your demons and less of Him who came to set you free? My prayer is that what spills out of your cup, into your lap, and rolls all over the floor, is the joy and wonder and love that you have spent the last four weeks making room for. Blessings my Cup of Wonder friends!
It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare attainment. ~ Bernard of Clairvaux
Lord, remind us to laugh. Remind us of when pure joy was a natural state. Let us remember when we were children. When we felt joy over our ice cream, Charlie Brown cartoons, and snow. Let us be joyful without looking over our shoulders. Let us show others that our joy comes from you and that the decorations, presents, and carols are merely expressions of you living inside us. Help us show joy to everyone. Help us realize that our joy may lead others to joyful relationships with you. Amen. ~The Book of Uncommon Prayer
If we are lucky, we can give in and rest without feeling guilty. We can stop doing and concentrate on being. ~ Kathleen Norris
Advent should admonish us to discover
in each brother or sister we greet,
in each friend whose hand we shake
in each beggar who asks for bread,
in each worker who wants to use
the right to join a union
in each peasant who looks for work in the coffee groves
the face of Christ.
Then it would not be possible to robe them,
to cheat them
to deny them their rights
They are Christ,
and whatever is done to them
Christ will take as done to himself.
That is what Advent is:
Christ living among us. ~Oscar Romero
Prayer: *pray for this process of re-freshing.
For joy which is the simplest form of gratitude, Lord hear our prayer. #creditkarlbarth
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