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December 2, 2017, 8:49 AM

Advent Words of Winter

Sweet

I used to use this word only to describe some delectable morsel I put in my mouth. Now I and others use it to describe an idea, event, or characteristic of a person which is positive. Sometimes it is used when we find an unexpected solution to a nagging problem. Or it can describe a person who is innocent or extremely thoughtful or kind. It is a word which speaks of goodness and grace. Look for something sweet in your life today, it may not just be what you put in mouth, but perhaps an unexpected pleasure and then give God thanks for that gift.

Lord, you meet us in all kinds of ways. Sometimes when we call on you and sometimes in those unexpected pleasurable times. You surprise us with goodness and grace when we were just trying to make it through another day. Help us to recognize the sweetness of life and be people who are harbingers of that sweetness. Thank you sweet Jesus. Amen.




December 2, 2017, 8:48 AM

Advent Words of Winter

Chains

Do you ever feel trapped? Do you ever feel paralyzed? Do you ever feel things will never change? Sometimes we are just so overwhelmed with life we feel chained to how things are and not hopeful about how things could be. The past does this to us a lot. Things we had done to us or things we have done to others, yet this is where our faith comes in. This is where we can ask God to forgive us or ask God to help us forgive others. It is that forgiveness that can break those chains. It is forgiveness that will set us free. Ask God to give you the hope, the courage and the motivation to move forward, that is when the chains will begin to fall off.

Lord, you are the one who wants us to be free. You are the one who wants us to live. Help us not to let the world be the last word. Help us to look to you and those we can trust to help us move forward in life. Lord, give us a sign that you are indeed in control and your control gives us the freedom to be partners with you in this life, not chained to the past or the present. Help us to be free. Amen.




November 30, 2017, 12:28 AM

Advent Words of Winter

Hearts

I think many of us would be willing to accept a new and improved us. We can think of things we would like to change in ourselves pretty easily. We could be more friendly, we could be more compassionate, we could be more content, are just some examples. Yet all these examples have one thing in common, that is a change of heart. A more open heart, a softer heart, and a more grateful heart. It is hard to change our own heart, but we are promised that God can and will transform our heart. We just need to be open to the Holy Spirit in our lives and practice loving God, others and ourselves more. This will help our hearts to change.

Lord, there are lots of times we would like to be different than who we are. Yet you made us and you are in the process of helping us become better people. Help us be to grateful for who we are, help us to be more gentle with ourselves, and help us to be more accepting of this work in progress. Lord, sometimes the best change comes when we realize you don’t leave us as we are but love us into being transformed. Thank you Lord, Amen.


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