December 2nd – the first Friday of Advent (REform)

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cup46Today’s Scripture: 

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

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. ~ Philippians 4:8-9 NRSV





Questions with your Cup – Advent Week 1: *re•form /re’fôrm/ (verb) to make changes in order to improve

Does your cup spark any imagination in you?

What are some ways that the season of Advent feeds your imagination and creativity? In what ways do you find that imagination and creativity affect your faith?



Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire. ~ Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)


Lord, help me now to unclutter my life, to organize myself in the direction of simplicity. Lord, teach me to listen to my heart; teach me to welcome change, instead of fearing it. Lord, I give you the stirrings inside me. I give you my discontent. I give you my restlessness. I give you my doubt. I give you my despair. I give you all the longings I hold inside. Help me to listen to these signs of change, of growth; help me to listen seriously and follow where they lead through the breathtaking empty space of an open door. ~ Prayer for Major Life Transition, from Common Prayer – A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals


Oh the comfort inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them out. Just as they are – chaff and grain together, knowing that the faithful hands will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away. ~ George Eliot (1819-1880)


Think often about the loving kindness of God. ~ Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)


Prayer: *pray for this process of forming and re-forming.

For the times when we have nothing to say, and the times we wish we had said nothing at all, Lord hear our prayer.

P.S. Email me a picture of your cup and you might see your cup up here soon! (Must be taken sideways – as in like your phone is laying down… but YOU aren’t laying down)

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4 Responses

  1. Julie
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    These just keep getting better….. do you write these just for me?!? It’s always what I need to hear! ?

    • kalessner
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      LOL! Mainly written with me in mind (I am such a hot mess most days!) But I lOVE that we are still living life together through these posts AND the way God is molding and changing us.

  2. joyce
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    Your imagination & creativity continually affect my spiritual life. Thank you! Love, Momma

    • kalessner
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      Love you too, Momma!

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