© Beth A. Richardson, betharichardson.com
God of love, I long to come home to you this day. Help me lay aside all my baggage and enter through your open doors. Let me rest in your love and grace. Amen.
God is calling me home to rest in the embrace of love.
Some of my fondest memories of home involve breakfast prepared by Dad. On vacations at our mountain cabin, he would get up early, make a fire in the cookstove, and prepare breakfast. I would jump out of bed and run to the warm kitchen where love (and pancakes) greeted me.
What is your experience of home? Is the concept positive or negative to you? How is God calling you home this day?
In this Advent book, my friend Mary Lou Redding helps connect us with the Advent and Christmas story at a deeper level. Here's my favorite quote from Mary Lou's book: "We have hope not because we are powerful or smart or resourceful but because of who God is. And as we test our hope by acting on it, we release God's power into our circumstances. Our 'hope muscle' grows stronger and our desire for God more compelling, just as exercising strengthens our physical muscles."
Our resolve must be different. My prayer is that we have finally reached a tipping point. My hope is that when the protests fade and the marches slow that our will as a church to truly eradicate the scourge of racism won’t dissipate but grows even stronger.”
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