Category Archives: Advent

Christmas Day: Receiving the Gift of Childhood

Meditation for Dec 25: Receiving the Gift of Childhood Read Exodus 33:11-14, John 1:10-14; I John 3:1-2, Romans 8:14-16 God not only accepts me, God rejoices in me, delights in me, calls me his beloved child, and tells me that … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve: Receiving the Gift of Acceptance

Christmas Eve, December 24 Read Psalm 8:1-4 The gift that is the most difficult to receive is the gift of acceptance:  to accept God’s acceptance of me in spite of what I perceive to be my own unacceptability.  To recognize … Continue reading

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To Receive, I Must Be Poor

Advent Week 4 Meditation for Dec 23 Read Psalm 23:1, Psalm 81:10, 16; Romans 8:32-35, 37 We often have trouble accepting gifts graciously and gratefully.  To accept a gift requires the acknowledgment that in some way I am  needy and … Continue reading

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Learning to Receive Gifts

From Advent 4 to Christmas: Accepting God’s Gifts Advent Week 4 Dec 22: Learning to Receive Gifts Read Matthew 7:11, I Corinthians 2:12, Ephesians 2:8-9 “It is the active presence of God at the center of my living — the movement … Continue reading

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God’s Alliance With the Poor

Advent Meditation for Dec 21 2013 Read Isaiah 61:1-11, Luke 4:16-29, Psalm 103:1-5, and Matthew 25:40-45 Today re-read Isaiah 61:1-11, Luke 4:16-29, Psalm 103:1-5, and Matthew 25:40-45.  Compare the prophetic mission of Jesus  with the King’s judgment in Matthew 25 … Continue reading

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Now Is the Time of God’s Favor

Advent Meditation for Dec 20 Read Luke 1:68-75 and Philippians 2:5-11 Zechariah’s praise when John was born included the words “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.” Jesus came … Continue reading

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Nobodies No More!

Advent Meditation for Dec 19, 2013 Read Psalm 103:1-5, John 1:10-12, and II Corinthians 5:19 God has always been in alliance with the poor.  God has always had the mission proclaimed in Isaiah 61 and Luke 4.  But we just … Continue reading

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