Monday, November 30, 2015

Hope in God



Daily reading: 2 Kings 22:1-10, 23:1-3
Monday November 30, 2015

Biblical hope remains with us even when we walk through the valley of darkness and allows us not to fear evil, why?  Because hope reminds us that God is with us.  Christian hope is grounded in the unquestionable reliability of God.

Where does hope reside in your life?  What are your hopes for this season?  

Prayer:  God of all beginnings and fresh starts bring your hope into our lives today.  Amen.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Hope



Daily reading: 2 Kings 22:1-10, 23:1-3
Sunday November 29, 2015

Focus passage: He did what was right in the LORD’s eyes, and walked in the ways of his ancestor David – not deviating from it even a bit to the right or left.  2 Kings 22:2

Today begins the season of Advent.  It is the season that begins the liturgical church year and in the northern hemisphere it coincides with a shortening of days until we reach the winter solstice that happens a few days before our celebration of Christmas.

Advent takes us through a season of darkening days, of decreasing temperatures and invites us into an intentional period of introspection, reflection, anticipation, of waiting and preparing.

Advent is a season of preparing more room for God in your life and for inviting in the presence of God in friend and stranger.  

Prayer:  God of all beginnings and fresh starts bring your hope into our lives today.  Amen.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Advent Eve



Daily reading: Isaiah 11:1-9
November 28, 2015

Focus passage: The wolf will live with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat; the calf and the young lion will feed together, and a little child will lead them. Isaiah 11:6

Tomorrow the season of Advent begins.  It is a time of introspection and of patient waiting.  Through the season we explore the themes of hope, peace, joy and love.  We ground ourselves in the biblical witness that reminds us that God’s kingdom is very different from our present world. 
In it we find that love wins over hate, that compassion wins over vengeance, and that youthfulness will lead us all.

Prayer:  God infuse me with your love so that my words and actions can be a reflection of your deep love for all of humanity.  Amen.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Let the season begin!



Daily reading: Isaiah 11:1-9
Friday November 27, 2015

Focus passage: A shoot will grow up from the stump of Jesse; a branch will sprout from his roots.  Isaiah 11:1

It is finally upon us … Advent.  This is one of my favorite church seasons.  It begins with recognition that God is able to bring life into the dead spaces of our own lives.  God is able to find a way when we cannot see a way forward.  

Advent is a time of faithful preparation that draws into a time of waiting.  I know I don’t like waiting, but have come to find the power in having to wait; it helps me to grow in my dependence upon God.  It helps me to re-prioritize my life.  It puts things into perspective.  

Advent begins on Sunday and runs right up to Christmas Eve.  Take time this season of preparation to join with countless other Christians as we prepare for God to be born in a new way among us.

Prayer:  God infuse me with your love so that my words and actions can be a reflection of your deep love for all of humanity.  Amen.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Give Thanks!



Daily reading: Philippians 4:4-7
Thursday November 26, 2015

Focus passage: Don’t be anxious about anything; rather bring up all your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Philippians 4:6

Today is a day of giving thanks!  While hosting a Thanksgiving meal and gathering family together can be super exciting it also can be stressful.  Take time today to center yourself in the reality that you are loved by God and have much to be thankful for!

If you are spending time with others, take time to share what you are thankful for.  Take time to post a comment reflecting your thankfulness.

Prayer:  God infuse me with your love so that my words and actions can be a reflection of your deep love for all of humanity.  Amen.

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