You are invited into a time of spiritual reflection and prayer in this Advent season—a season of waiting and listening, a season of expectation and hope.
O Lord, let me not conform to the ways of this world, but transform me by your Holy Spirit; renew me mind and heart that I may discern and do Your Will—what is good and acceptable and perfect. AMEN.
December 23. Emmanuel. God is with us!
TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you begin
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1: 68-79
REFLECTION from Kay Bochert
Have you heard the good news? God is here! Here in our hearts, bodies, our lives. He is with us. Always. That there was no room at the inn did not stop God from coming to us as Jesus and He continues to come to us. He is in us and all around us, always.
In the chaos of our world, the media, our lives, our families it can be hard to see God’s Presence. But be comforted that “by the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in the darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:78-79
God continues to be born in our hearts — moment by moment, breath by breath. Our decision is to accept this precious gift, in humility. We can then bring this delicate simplicity into the world with integrity. Our awakening or our incarnational experience of Christmas is accepting this “birthing of God in the simplicity of our hearts, in the depths of our lives, and in the complexities of whatever the day might bring.” James Finley
God is truly with us, indeed!
PRAYER: Thank you for loving us into existence. Thank you for Jesus and his teachings. Please help us to never forget how much you love us as we celebrate the Incarnation daily. AMEN.
TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you close.