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Third Sunday of Advent

Hot pink peony in full bloom.

© Beth A. Richardson, betharichardson.com

Prayer

God of joy, may I dream dreams and share tales of hope as I enter into this third week of Advent. I praise your mighty name. Amen.

Carry These Words in Your Heart Today

My spirit rejoices in God.

Today's Picture

Nothing makes my spirit rejoice more than spring in Tennessee. This is a peony that I transplanted from Grandpa's yard in Oklahoma to my home in Nashville. Every spring it puts on a show, reflecting God's beauty.

Question

What are the joys you have as we enter this third week of Advent?

Book of the Day

The Upper Room Disciplines 2017

The Upper Room Disciplines is full of treasures. Fifty-three writers (leaders from today's Christian world) each write a week of meditations based on the lectionary scriptures for that week. Previous years have included such talented writers as David Buttrick, Grace Imathiu, Don Saliers, Roberta Bondi, Martin Marty, Marjorie Suchocki, Mark Yaconelli, and Will Willimon (and, of course, Beth A. Richardson). It's a great way to really sink into scripture in a daily way. More about the book.

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