God, we give thanks for all the peacemakers, for those who study peace, and for those who bring justice and grace together at the table. … God, we wish to live in peace with your creation. … And Lord, we pray for ourselves and our families this season that we may pause to focus on what it would look like, and feel like, and sound like to really work at being peacemakers at home.
We want you to be real to us. ~part of the Confession from LEAD’s Advent Meditations on Hope
In case anyone is interested in the resources, they continue to be available here: http://waytolead.org/portfolio-item/advent-resources-2016/.
Lord, we pray for all those who are out of hope. Those with illnesses, no work, no place to live, and entire communities crying out for justice. Bring us together so that your hope flows within and through us. ~Lynn Willis
Learn how to open your hand from your very own poverty. ~Pope Francis
While these words may not be for you, they are words of which I need to be reminded: On this Thanksgiving Day that so many of us in the United States will experience abundance at the table, may we awaken to the poverty in which we live when we have so much in our hands that we’re unable to even open them toward the gifts of our neighbor.
Not meant to be a downer, rather an opener to all God’s goodness and grace.
How will I practice the simple art of being? ~Kayla McClurg
This week I am sharing journaling images that were part of last year’s Journaling through Advent experience, images that were created and never shared. I’m in the process of gathering another group this year. Might you be interested in joining me? Check it out here: http://www.grunewaldguild.com/upcoming/journaling-through-advent.
The role of the synod office is to “support, catalyze and raise the questions,” said Bishop Paul Erickson of the Greater Milwaukee Synod. When asked what could be done to help, he asked the pastors to pray.
May we all have the courage to live out the union of such a partnership.
May the forms of your belonging in love, creativity, friendship, be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul. ~John O’Donohue
Bless the three that seek my heart.
Our center shapes everything in an ever-widening embrace.
grateful for moments that catch my breath