Today’s Scripture: * Read * Reflect * Respond * Rest (instructions for Lectio Divina)
Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
to deliver their soul from death,
and to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and shield.
Our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name. ~ Psalm 33:18-21 NRSV
Questions with your Cup – Advent Week 2: *re•new /rǝ’n(y)oo/ (verb) to resume after an interruption
Sometimes in the afternoon, we need a bit more caffeine – a pick me up. And you might find yourself thinking of your cup again.
Do you have a need for God in your afternoon too? Do you have a sense of the Presence of God throughout your day?
Rest is a decision we make. Rest is choosing to do nothing when we have too much to do, slowing down when we feel pressure to go faster, stopping instead of starting. Rest is listening to our weariness and responding to our tiredness, not to what is making us tired. Rest is what happens when we say one simple word: “No!” ~ Mike Yaconelli
The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic God’s giving, by grace through faith, and this is not of ourselves. ~ Saint Nicholas of Myra
The original “Old St. Nick” who inspired the tradition of Santa Claus, Nicholas of Myra was a bishop in fourth century Turkey. Little is known about his entire life except that he entrusted himself to Jesus at an early age and, when his parents died, gave all of their possessions to the poor. While serving as bishop, Nicholas learned of three girls who were going to be sold into slavery by their father. Moved to use the church’s wealth to ransom the lives of these little ones, he tossed three bags of gold through the family’s window. We recall this ancient Christmas gift, even as we remember that 1.2 million children are trafficked each year in the global sex trade today. ~ Common Prayer – A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith. ~ Elizabeth Elliot
As these words rush through my mind, I realize it’s good for me to serve others. It’s good for me to see how often I grumble and complain. It’s good to see how much I need Jesus. It’s good to feel His strength take over when I’m weak. And it’s good to pray that He becomes more and I become less. ~Lysa TerKeurst
Prayer: *pray for this process of renewing.
For those who receive no miracle presents, who live in places we wouldn’t be caught dead in, and whose monsters are real, Lord hear our prayer.
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