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Hope Thrives in Adversity, Monday, Advent Week 1

Dead tree trunk, hollowed out with a small sapling growing from the center.

© Beth A. Richardson, betharichardson.com

God of hope, help me prepare the way for you in the wilderness of chaos. Give me strength, wisdom, and patience to clear a path for you through my cluttered heart and life. Amen.

Carry These Words in Your Heart Today

Hope thrives in the wilderness.

Today's Picture

I'm fascinated by life's ability to thrive in the midst of adversity. I took this photo several years ago in Colorado alongside a river. The fern grown in a dead tree reminded me that whether we're facing cancer or the wilderness of Advent, we seek life.

Question

What is your wilderness?

Book of the Day

cover image for Disciplines 2018



The Upper Room Disciplines 2018

The quote I picked for today is from one of The Upper Room's most popular books — Disciplines. This daily devotional book, published every year, is full of treasures. Fifty-three writers (leaders from throughout the Christian world) each take a week and write meditations based on the lectionary scriptures for that week.

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