Monday, December 3, 2012

Counting Joy: Dec 1 & 2.

From Oregon, Alabama, and Thailand, Christine, Heather and I are doing our advent readings together.

from Day One:

"It wasn't just that God had promised to do it. It was that the reason He promised to do it was like an intimate promise between lovers. God's promised Messiah was a merciful gift of love to a people who needed both mercy and love. He would come to them in all their pain, brokenness, and struggle, and make everything new..."

And I'm enjoying the "a holy experience" December calendar:

Dec 1:
3 Gifts White...

*The paper ornaments on my tree, made by my sweet elementary school girls over for the afternoon on Saturday. Snowflakes cut from coffee filters.

*Flour + sugar in my bread machine. Herb bread ready as I study.

*The Tasha Tudor edition of The Night Before Christmas I found at the library. $2, absolutely gorgeous condition.

Dec 2:
3 Gifts Bright...

*Sound + energy of an unusually full service at church on the first Sunday of Advent.

*Christmas lights all over my house. My favorite, favorite, favorite.

*Candle flames.

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Human Needs Global Resources Covenant, 2009

As fellow travelers on this journey, we commit to this covenant before God. Lord, in Your mercy, hear these our prayers:

When confronted with scarcity, need, and inadequacy, may we be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Abundance overflows from Your table, sustaining all who come in faith. Father, help us.

When monotony blurs our vision and dulls our senses, may we encounter others as Christ did, through intentional presence in daily life, submitting as clay to be formed into vessels filled with the Spirit. Christ, guide us.

When wounded by the fractured condition of Your people, may we be united by Your Lordship in faith, hope, and love; seeing, as through the facets of a diamond, the beautiful spectrum of Your light reflected onto Your holy Church joined in praise. Spirit, empower us.

When all Creation groans, afflicted by injustice and driven to despair, may the promise of redemption root us in the hope of Your Kingdom: "Behold, I am making all things new!"

Holy Trinity, send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart.