Thursday, December 20, 2018
Daily reading: Ezra 1:1-4, 3:1-4, 10-13
Thursday December 20, 2018
Focus passage: Persia’s King Cyrus says: ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has commanded me to build him a house in Jerusalem in Judah. If there are any of you who are from his people, may their God be with them! They may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the house of the LORD, the God of Israel – he is the God who is in Jerusalem.’ Ezra 1:2-3
The season brings to light the reality that we are carried forward each day and our future might not be as we expected.
The rebuilding of our fragmented lives takes us forward and not backward and that can be hard. It calls us to let go and trust that God will lead us forward.
What areas are there in your life that you need to let go of so that God can more fully work in and through you?
Prayer: Gracious God thank you. Thank you for this day of life, thank that you have allowed us to wake up and draw a breath today. We pray that you will grant us the wisdom and the boldness to live this day with courage and with commitment to the new world that you are at work bringing about in our very midst. Give us Advent hearts; give us Advent hope, peace and joy. Amen
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