© Beth A Richardson betharichardson.com
God, open our hearts and the heart of the world to your transforming hope. Peel back the layers of our stubborn opinions, our fearful assumptions, and let the light of your life-giving spirit enter in. Amen.
Hope can open my heart.
These plants epitomize hope to me. They grow in the tundra area of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. At over 12,000 feet above sea level, trees don't grow, and only a few species of birds and animals that can survive there. But there are beautiful plants turning the colors of fall, thanks be to God.
What is hope opening in you? in your family or church community? in your community or in the world?
My good friend and colleague Pam Hawkins wrote this lovely Advent book. Pam and I share a love of Advent, and I fell in love again with Advent when I read through the pages of her book. The themes of the book are anticipation, hope, patience, and obedience. Pam will guide you—calmly and simply—through the busy season of Advent, and you'll come out of the four weeks more centered, rested, and spiritually renewed.
I could not have found The Upper Room Moments of Prayer (on Facebook Live) sooner. For it is during these moments of centering spiritual practices, meditating on the words of scripture, praying with and for the world, that I find moments of transcendence, hear whispers of peace and hope, see glimpses of truth and justice, behold visions of love and beauty amid all the stark realities that are around me.”