Category: Advent Reflections

Devotional thoughts for the Advent season

ADVENT HOPE: FROM FEARING TO FINDING

HOPE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE IN OUR OUTLOOKFriday, December 2nd Fear: to be afraid of; expect with alarm; to have a reverential awe ofFind: to come upon often accidentally, encounter; to come upon by searching or effort; to attain, reach; to discover by the intellect… Continue Reading “ADVENT HOPE: FROM FEARING TO FINDING”

ADVENT HOPE: FROM MOURNING TO MORNING

HOPE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE IN OUR GRIEFThursday, December 1st Mourning: the act of sorrowing Morning: dawn; the time from sunrise to noon; a period of first development; beginning This year, several of our friends will be spending their first holidays without a loved one.… Continue Reading “ADVENT HOPE: FROM MOURNING TO MORNING”

ADVENT HOPE: FROM MERIT TO MERCY

HOPE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE IN OUR SELF-REGARDWednesday, November 30th Merit: to be worthy of or entitled or liable to; earn; deserve Mercy: lenient or compassionate treatment; a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion As people of faith, we are called… Continue Reading “ADVENT HOPE: FROM MERIT TO MERCY”

ADVENT HOPE: FROM DREADING TO DREAMING

HOPE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE IN OUR ANTICIPATIONTuesday, November 29th Dread: to fear greatly, to feel extreme reluctance to meet or face Dream: to have a dream of (a desired goal or purpose); to consider a possibility, imagine During my time with cancer, each additional… Continue Reading “ADVENT HOPE: FROM DREADING TO DREAMING”

ADVENT HOPE: FROM LANGUISHING TO LINGERING

HOPE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE IN OUR WAITINGMonday, November 28th Languishing: to be or live in a state of depression or decreasing vitality; to become dispirited Lingering: to be slow in parting or quitting something; to move slowly Advent can be a festive season of… Continue Reading “ADVENT HOPE: FROM LANGUISHING TO LINGERING”

HOPE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

WHAT IS HOPE? Sunday, November 27th(This is the first meditation of Advent: The Difference Between…Each day this week, we will be focusing on the difference Hope makes in our lives.) If you have an Advent wreath, you may wish to light the first candle… Continue Reading “HOPE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE”

ADVENT: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN…

INTRODUCTION Advent, my favorite season, begins next Sunday, November 27th! Advent is our time to anticipate the birth of Jesus – and to invite his rebirth within us. In these weeks of waiting, reflecting, and preparing for Christ’s birth, we will look to four… Continue Reading “ADVENT: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN…”

GRIEF AND GRATITUDE – A CHRISTMAS DAY REFLECTION

Christmas Day, December 25th I stood on my favorite hilltop during my walk yesterday as tears flowed. We had so hoped to finally have our family reunited for Christmas after six years, to see our sons after more than two years. As we anticipated… Continue Reading “GRIEF AND GRATITUDE – A CHRISTMAS DAY REFLECTION”

A REASON TO SENSE, A REASON TO SHINE

CHRISTMAS DAY, December 25th(All the Senses of the Season) In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and… Continue Reading “A REASON TO SENSE, A REASON TO SHINE”

20. TOUCH WITH HEALING LOVE

Friday, December 24th (Christmas Eve)(HANDS) But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he was able to stand. ~ Mark 9:27 (NRSV) He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. ~… Continue Reading “20. TOUCH WITH HEALING LOVE”