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December 31 Devotional

O Jesus, how far down you had to come to reach us. How small and how low. Can anyone really comprehend the magnitude of that downward journey? You, who had always enjoyed true delight, the loving intimacy of the Trinity, were willing to step out of the ecstasy of that intimacy because of your great desire to bring us into it. You, who were in very nature God, laid aside yo...

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December 30 Devotional

God presents himself to us little by little. The whole story of salvation is the story of the God who comes. It is always he who comes, even if he has not yet come in his fullness. But there is indeed one unique moment in his coming; the others were only preparations and announcement....

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December 29 Devotional

At Trafalgar Square in the city of London stands a statue of Lord Nelson. Resting atop a tall pillar, it towers too high for passersby to distinguish his features. For this reason, about forty years ago a new statue - an exact replica of the original - was erected at eye level so everyone could see him. God also transcends our ability to see; the eyes of our understanding ...

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December 28 Devotional

Almighty God, who came to us long ago in the birth of Jesus Christ, be born in us anew today by the power of your Holy Spirit. We offer our lives as home to you and ask for grace and strength to live as your faithful, joyful children always. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants) ...

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December 27 Devotional

He works in tranquility and tranquility seldom goes in partnership with speed. God breaks few records but he always arrives in the end. One of the best things we can do for our souls is to wait and one of the worst things is to force the issue. God lets the plant grow at its own pace. That is why He can bring forth supernatural beauty in and through imperfect instruments....

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December 26 Devotional

Surely as Simeon spoke these words to Joseph and Mary, telling them all of the incredible things about their newborn baby, our Savior, this couldn’t just have slipped by unnoticed. Can you imagine how disturbing these words must have been? Can you imagine how disturbing they would be now if someone uttered them to you this very day? “What do you mean a sword will pierc...

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December 25 Devotional

Room is a very important thing in the life of the Spirit. As a matter of fact, new birth seems to require it. Unfortunately, and ironically, during this season, just as in the time of Mary and Joseph, it is so easy for life just to fill up. And when life is over-filled there is simply no room for something new (of the Spirit) to be born in us; the pace and demands of the s...

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December 24 Devotional

The only worry children have about Christmas is whether or not they can possibly wait for it to arrive. Perhaps this is because only kids seem to understand the secret of Christmas: It isn’t really about giving; it is about receiving....

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December 23 Devotional

The years that lie behind you, with all their struggles and pains, will in time be remembered only as the way that led to your new life. But as long as the new life is not fully yours, your memories will continue to cause you pain. When you keep reliving painful events of the past, you can feel victimized by them. But there is a way of telling your story that does not crea...

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December 22 Devotional

Most often in the scriptures it seems like we are called upon to remember, and rightly so. We are called upon to remember how God has moved and how he has worked on our behalf. We are called upon to remember how he has provided for our needs and how he has guided our paths over the course of our lifetime, as well as that of our ancestors. We are called upon to remember how...

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December 21 Devotional

New is something we all deeply long for. In fact, which one of us is not excited about a new beginning, or a clean slate, or a new lease on life, or a brand new heart? Who among us is not thrilled at the prospect of all the old and the worn out and the broken being done away with in favor of the new, and the fresh, and the whole. ...

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December 20 Devotional

Saying yes to Love works, but not in the way we might expect. It is the working of love, not of efficiency. It involves intention but not success or failure. It invites dedicated practice, but not achievement or competence. It is a conscious choice toward openness instead of control. ...

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December 19 Devotional

Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God. Opening Prayer: Yes, Father! Yes! And always Yes! - Francis de Sales Scripture Reading for the Day: John 1:4-13 Reading for Reflection: I’ve been thinking a lot about darkness and light the past few days. In fact, I have been becoming more keenly aware of the darkness that ...

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December 18 Devotional

Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God. Opening Prayer: Yes, Father! Yes! And always Yes! - Francis de Sales Scripture Reading for the Day: Matthew 1:18-24 Reading for Reflection: I wonder how long you made Joseph wait in that agonizing tension before you told him your plan. And what was it you were trying to accomplis...

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December 17 Devotional

Hearing is an important step in saying yes to God’s call. But once we hear, we must still decide whether we will go where invited or sent. In other words, hearing may be the easy part of saying yes to God’s call. Once we have heard and counted the cost the most difficult task remains. However, with deep faith in the living God who calls us, the only reasonable response...

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December 16 Devotional

Magnificat. It is a Latin word which means [My soul] magnifies. It is also the name by which this prayer of Mary’s has been known through the ages. It is truly one of the great prayers of all time. It is the prayer of an innocent and obedient young girl who decided to say yes to God, even in the most ridiculous, challenging, and overwhelming of circumstances. It is a pra...

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December 15 Devotional

Don’t you wish sometimes that you could’ve been a fly on the wall as these great stories of Scripture unfold? Especially one like this. I would have loved to have seen the faces of Mary and Gabriel as this exchange takes place. I would have loved to have heard the words; to have heard how they were spoken and with what tone and care and volume. And I would have loved t...

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December 14 Devotional

Our lives are full. Oh, maybe not full in the qualitative sense (as in all the fullness of God - Ephesian 3:19), but full of other, not so quality things. We are full of doubt, full of fear, and full of insecurity. We are full of activities, full of responsibilities, and full of stuff to do. We are full of disappointment, full of groaning, and full of pain. We are full of ...

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December 13 Devotional

o groaning you wear many faces today you are loneliness yesterday you were longing last week insecurity and inadequacy and before that struggle, sadness, and hurt ...

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December 12 Devotional

You let it happen, this riding over our heads, whoever or whatever it may have been. You didn’t cause it, but you could have stopped it. I know it doesn’t happen every day, but I have seen you spring into action and miraculously come to someone’s aid or defense. I have seen you come to protect or deliver. And yet, for some reason, in this case, you didn’t. You allo...

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December 11 Devotional

To the God who pursues. Our world is groaning around me and my heart groans with it. So many tears and questions, so many stillborn children, so much cancer and divorce, so many orphans and so much poverty. Closing my eyes doesn’t make the wailing stop; doesn’t turn the grief into joy. I hear your Spirit groaning with me, taking the cry of my heart to your throne. Hear...

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December 10 Devotional

I don’t know about you, but I struggle pretty regularly with loneliness. It is a wrestling that has gone on for years, but one that has only been accentuated by the life and terrain I find myself in these days. It is not something that is fun, either to struggle with or to admit, but my suspicion is that all of us, to some degree, walk pretty regularly alongside this hid...

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December 7 Devotional

Ultimately the season of Advent is a season of groaning; the groaning of our hearts and the groaning of our God. It is the groaning that comes from a deep longing for all to be as it was intended. Thus, it is a season where we fully recognize and embrace our sadness and frustration that all is not as it should be, rather than attempting to escape, avoid, or deny it....

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December 6 Devotional

Spiritual discernment asks us to pay attention. We need to attend to both what goes on around us and within us. Ideally, this attentiveness goes on much of the time, a sort of low level, constant spiritual sifting of the data of our experience. But there are times when discernment becomes much more focused, when a crossroad is reached or a choice called for. ...

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December 5 Devotional

Attentiveness to God’s spirit requires deeply receptive, prayerful listening. Practicing the art of attending to the Spirit involves us in contemplative listening. Such listening is quite distinct from the various ways in which we generally listen to another.... ...

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December 4 Devotional

Come to Stillness: Take a few minutes to allow your mind and heart to be still before God. Opening Prayer: My God, since You are with me, and since it is Your will that I should apply my mind to these outward things, I pray that You will give me the grace to remain with You and keep company with You. But so that my work may be better, Lord, work with me; receive my work a...

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December 3 Devotional

It will be up to us to prepare for the Night of the Child, to prepare the way of the Lord, to make straight the paths. It will be up to us to make a journey of sorts toward Bethlehem, to spend some time listening to the story as it weaves its way through Advent. We are the ones who must make room in our hearts for the story to speak, who must listen carefully to its twists...

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December 2 Devotional

At the beginning of her course the Church looks out towards Eternity, and realizes her own poverty and imperfection and her utter dependence on this perpetual coming of God. Advent is, of course, first of all a preparation for Christmas; which commemorates God’s saving entrance into history in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ....

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December 1 Devotional

Advent is a season of waiting, yes, but it is waiting with a very deep kind of intentionality and openness to receive. There is something for us to do in our waiting; we are to do those things that prepare our souls to welcome Christ deeper into the recesses of our life and being. ...

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