December 9th– the second Friday of Advent (REnew)

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cup49Today’s Scripture: 

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

“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” ~ Luke 21:34-36 NRSV



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

As you’ve washed this cup, have you taken time to notice its markings?

How are you marked? What does it mean to be “sealed and marked as Christ’s own forever?”



Everything, even sweeping, scraping vegetables, weeding a garden and waiting on the sick could be a prayer if it were offered to God. ~ St. Martin de Porres


Our lives can be an endless cycle, a daily burden of toil with little reward. We seek meaning in things – addictive habits, negative relationships, personal guilt, holding on to grudges. These are our “sins” – not in a moralistic judgmental sense – but in a self-sabotaging sense. I believe that sins are the things that we do – in thought, word, or deed – that keep us from being our authentic, God-given selves; and the same goes for when we keep others from living their authentic lives. Since we are all made in God’s image, when we violate either ourselves or other people, we separate from our divine origins and intentions. Jesus comes to remind us that our rest and ultimate liberation comes in returning to God, our source of life, and in Christ who is God’s redeeming presence on earth.” ~ Francisco J. Garcia, Jr.


If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.  A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. ~ Roald Dahl


Instead of saying, “God wouldn’t give you more than you could handle,” you could say, “Let me come over and do some laundry.” ~ Words for the wise


Prayer: *pray for this process of renewing.

For help remembering that compassion is preferable to cleanliness, Lord hear our prayer. #creditstmartindeporres

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  1. Elizabeth Cuevas
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    New favorite

    Instead of saying, “God wouldn’t give you more than you could handle,” you could say, “Let me come over and do some laundry.” ~ Words for the wise

  2. Dianne Rader
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    Love the Roald Dahl quotation. Much food for thought. Blessings…

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