December 8

December 8

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 8. Turmoil turned to Peace

TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you begin

Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, and they spoke the word to no one except Jews. But among them were some men of Cyprus and Cyrene who, on coming to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists also, proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number became believers and turned to the Lord. News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion; for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were brought to the Lord. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called “Christians.” Acts 11:19-26

REFLECTION from Tim Anderson

How easy it is to be pushed around by the daily tumult and turmoil presented to us by current events and the misdeeds of people. Yet, the good news is to be found in the holy spirit; for we are able to remember and reflect upon the word of the of the Lord, and we are able to be daily “baptized” into the holy spirit in the midst of turmoil and tribulation. We can “hold our peace” and glorify God when we enter into reflection and prayer around the word.

PRAYER: Dear God, Thank you for your presence. Thank you for gift of the holy spirit. Please be with us daily, and give us the strength we need to persevere. Remind us to reflect on your word. Let your word be a peace presence in our daily lives. Help us to glorify you as we seek your daily peace in our words and deeds. AMEN.

TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you close.

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