- Sunday November 27: Be Vigilant
You may wish to pray the following prayer each day or practice lectio divina using the prayer as your text:
In your promises, I am instructed to fear not the shadows of the future, but to listen for your voice through the valleys of darkness. Show me the path to life and the way to fullness of joy. Remind me in prayer that your Word casts no shadows, for it is the light of the world, which includes me. Amen.
– Peter Traben Haas, Centering Prayers
What do you hear for your journey now? Or for your Advent intention?
You may read the full email reflection here: https://mailchi.mp/coutreach/word-of-the-week-nov27
Thank you for this prayer and for the Tao Te Ching verse:
Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?
– The Tao Te Ching, chapter 15, as translated by Stephen Mitchell, 1988
This verse has lived on my fridge for a long time and I often contemplate it when in my kitchen, reminding myself to wait with open mind and heart for whatever comes next. It is a great joy to find it in this weeks Word.
Blessings of Advent
- This reply was modified 10 months ago by Brenda Bayne.
Sunday November 27: Be Vigilant
For my Advent intention I am revisiting Gayle Boss’ wonderful tome “All Creation Waits: The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings”. Gayle dives deep into the resting lives of creatures great and small; how they die to self via hibernation, trusting spring’s warmth awaits. A turtle’s secluded rest or the honeybee community united to warm the queen bee both reveal my need to balance solitude and solidarity. May creatures’ intuitive natures teach me to follow my Advent path. <3 linda
“The Christ in all of us is there in this place of brokenness” reminds me of the story of an old rabbi who visits a dying monastery and simply says,”The messiah is among you”The monks started to look at one another with renewed respect and reverence, breathing new life into their daily routine. So, what if we were able to say,”The Christ is in and among each and all of us”? Would we act and speak and pray differently.?
Be vigilant this Advent is a new awareness of living life open ended, the kind that is not controlling the future. Pope Francis recently said:” Our future has a name and that is hope.” My emotional programming is in high gear this Advent as I embrace, rather bubblingly, trusting in the infinite mercy of God.
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