December 8th– the second Thursday of Advent (REnew)

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cup50Today’s Scripture: 

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

Happy are those who consider the poor; the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble.
The Lord protects them and keeps them alive; they are called happy in the land.
You do not give them up to the will of their enemies.
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed; in their illness you heal all their infirmities. ~ Psalm 41:1-3  NRSV



Questions with your Cup – Advent Week 2: *re•new /rǝ’n(y)oo/ (verb) to resume after an interruption

Are there chips, cracks, and imperfections in your cup? Do you see them as flaws or character?

What are the chips, crack and imperfections in your prayer life? Do you see them as flaws or character?



Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same… with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead. ~ Mother Teresa


This is what you should do;

Love the earth and sun and animals,

Despise riches, give alms to everyone who asks,

Stand up for the stupid and crazy,

Devote your income and labour to others,

Hate tyrants, argue not concerning God

Have patience and indulgence toward the people,

Re-examine all you have been told

in school or church or any book,

dismiss what insults your very soul

And your flesh shall become a great poem ~ Walt Whitman


No one is perfect… that’s why pencils have erasers. ~ author unknown


Guilt should come with an expiration date. ~ Barbara Claypole White


Prayer: *pray for this process of renewing.

For the times when a spoonful of sugar doesn’t help the medicine go down, Lord hear our prayer. #creditmarypoppins

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  1. Dianne Rader
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    I love the quotation by Barbara Claypole White. I might add, “because reconciliation is a sure way to move away from it.” Love your reflections. This one reminds me of the Japanese practice of mending beloved cracked ., chipped or broken pottery with gold because they see the broken places as a loving reflection of the history, use and value of the piece.

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