Saturday, December 14, 2019

Day 7 - December 14, 2019


Day Seven - Conclusion


How Are We Growing this Advent?


Advent calls us to prepare our hearts and minds for the great gift of the Incarnation -- God becoming human in the person of Jesus Christ.

He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” …“Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4.16-21)

While we prepare to celebrate the birth of the babe in the manger, the season of Advent also calls us to "make straight the paths" in our lives so that we may repent and repair the damage done through our own failure. 

Take a few minutes today to review the insights you have gained this week:

In what way(s) could I grow or change in my relationship to God this Advent?
In what way(s) could I grow or change as a child of God this Advent?
In what way(s) could I improve how I listen to God's call in my life this Advent?
In what way(s) could I improve my relationships with others this Advent?
In what way(s) could I improve my care for God's creation this Advent?

Advent Prayer

We thank you and praise you, Word-Made-Flesh,
for your presence within us, around us, and through us;
for making our world a hallowed, holy place,
for giving a human touch to grace.
Fill our hearts with joy as we enter into the celebration of your birth,
as we welcome you once again,
and as we joyfully await your final coming in glory!
Amen.
Adapted from Joyfully We Wait--An Advent Examination of Conscience.
Copyright by Twenty Third Publications.
Used with Permission

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