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First Sunday of Advent

Predawn sky on a clear morning with white clouds. The silhouette of a forested shore over a glassy lake reflects the brightening sky.

© Beth A Richardson betharichardson.com

Prayer

God of Advent, kindle within me the flame of hope. As I walk through this day, may that hope remind me of your promise that something good is coming. Amen.

Carry These Words in Your Heart Today

Deepen my longing for you, O God.

Today's Picture

I can't think of anything more hopeful than a sunrise. I love being outside early in the morning as I walk the dog or head to the gym. There's something about early morning, greeting the new day and whatever it might bring. I took this photo with my iPhone one September morning.

Question

What are your hopes, dreams, challenges as you enter this Advent season?

Book of the Day

Cover image for Openings: A Daybook
Openings: A Daybook of Saints, Psalms, and Prayer

Larry James Peacock

I used this book for several years in my morning devotional time. Each day includes a saint, a psalm (along with some reflections on that psalm), and information about a prayer practice. As I moved through the book, Larry introduced me to some ordinary people whose lives became blessings to others (saints). I learned more about ways to deepen my prayer—from breath prayers to lectio divina to discernment. Each morning, I sat in my chair in the corner of the living room, lit a candle, and followed Larry's gentle leading into my day. I'm excited that this book has recently been republished.

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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