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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

We are now in the last day of advent. Our preparation is coming to and end for we will be recognizing the birth of the Christ child tonight. How has anticipation, hope, patience and obedience helped you to prepare this year? Have you found any new insights or practices that you will incorporate into your […]

Week 4 Obedience

Week 4 Obedience

Another week and a new word.  But before I move forward with this I find that my timing and that of the book will not line up.  We are supposed to be through the week already and moving to Christmas Eve tomorrow.  So we will consider the word Obedience then move to Christmas Eve, okay? […]

Week 3, Day 7

Week 3, Day 7

Praying Patiently Today we are introduced to the Jesus Prayer.  It goes something like this:  Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner, or simply Jesus have mercy.  The process of the prayer is more important than the words themselves; you are supposed to pray this multiple times during your daily activities in an effort to […]

Week 3, Day 6

Week 3, Day 6

The Waiting World Our book asks us to consider people or groups who are patiently waiting for help from God’s people.  Does any particular group come to mind to you?  It seems a bit out of touch to have to go to the news to find such a person or group because I think you […]

Week 3, Day 5

Week 3, Day 5

Matthew 11:2-11 John the Baptist is now in prison awaiting word from his followers about whether Jesus is actually the one true messiah.  As usual Jesus does not directly say he is the messiah, but he quotes back prophesies that describe what the messiah will do and states that he is doing those things. Our […]

Week 3, Day 4

Week 3, Day 4

James 5:7-10 Be patient until the coming of the Lord.  James is an apostle or at least the writer is representing himself as James but they could be another person working with James and others to help early Christian communities.  It is natural for people to have areas of disagreement or friction that can lead […]

Week 3, Day 3

Week 3, Day 3

Luke 1:46-55 The Magnificat.  A song of praise for God; the very same God who put Mary into this difficult social situation of being pregnant before marriage. And beyond thanking and praising God for her service, she recognizes the importance of God acting through her, a poor and humble woman without power in the world. […]

Week 3, Day 2

Week 3, Day 2

Isaiah 35:1-10 Joy of the Redeemed is the title of this passage in the Bible.  It seems to be one of many beautiful descriptions of a world which is “redeemed” and right with God.  Every need will be met and every person safe and secure.  This text does not specifically speak of when this will […]

Patience, Week 3

Patience, Week 3

A new week so we have a new word to ponder…patience. When have you had to be patient lately?  Do you do this easily or does it require much effort from you?  In contemplating recent patience requirements I have a hard time recalling major events or needs requiring me to apply patience, but more small […]

Week 2,Day 7

Week 2,Day 7

Praying in hope Today we are introduced to a prayer practice called the daily examen.  This is done at bedtime and allows us to review the day with God by recognizing how we pleased God with our thoughts and actions and how we disappointed God with thoughts and actions.  After reconciling ourselves with this reality […]