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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.
My spirit rejoices in God.
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.
What are the joys you have as we enter this third week of Advent?
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.
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.”