The power just went out. My first reaction was to ask God if that was His way of telling me that I didn’t need to be working from home in the middle of the night. My second reaction was to fear that I’d freeze without the heater working. My third reaction was to feel guilty for living such a comfortable life.
Have Your way, oh Lord, Your way
Even if it breaks us, we ask You to move
You sustain, oh Lord, You sustain
Healer of the broken, Your nearness is good
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.[…]
"As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."
Isaiah 55:10, 11
I’m circling this promise in prayer this year.
"Reading is the way you get through the Bible; prayer is the way you get the Bible through you."
-Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker (p. 96)
"As we open the Scriptures, may the words become your living word shaping our lives to be receptive to your instruction, inspiration, and calling. Help us be willing to obey: completely, immediately, and joyfully. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen."
From Dawn to Dark: A Book of Christian Prayer
"One person’s gift is another person’s miracle."
-Pastor Mark Batterson
Lord Jesus, as I prepare to remember and celebrate Your birth, help me to better see and understand the meaning of the great Mystery we celebrate at Christmas. May Your dawn fully shine upon me, and upon all those who dwell in darkness, especially the poor, the lonely, and the neglected. Bless me with Your tender compassion and give me a grateful heart, so that I may always be guided, and help guide others, into the way of Your peace. Keep me mindful of Your life and love, and may the depth of both, continue to deepen within me. Amen.
*From the daily Advent devotional email that I’ve been receiving
Lord, we ask that You open our hearts to Your calling as we prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ. Allow us to listen and trust in You, so that we may “find our voice” through the fulfillment of God’s word. Amen.
*from the daily Advent devotional email that I’ve been receiving
Lord, help us in the frenzy of the holiday season to find the peace of Advent. Give us the patience to wait - the openness to unexpected gifts - and the awareness that Your love is with us always, only waiting to be seen. Amen.
*From the daily Advent devotional email