"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.


First Wednesday of Advent

Advent Reading

Isaiah 25:6-10a; Matthew 15:29-37

"With this we are brought to the central mystery of Christmas - not a mystery that is like a puzzle to be solved, but a mystery that is a deep truth to be endlessly explored.  "With God all things are possible," Jesus said.  And the deepest of deep truths about Christmas - without which Christmas is just a lovely social custom - is that Mary's baby is God.  He is God incarnate, which means God became one of us, which means he is true God and true man.  The challenge to faith is not that he fed so many with so little, or the other astonishing things reported.  The challenge to faith is that he is "Emmanuel, God with us." If that is true, with him all things are possible."

Awaken, O Lord Jesus,
our hearts and minds to your presence in the world of your love's creating.
Forbid that we should stumble through this day oblivious to the wonder in the ordinary.
With your grace, startle us into faith's perception of your continuing creation in our lives.


Let it be.

taken from God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas


Anita said...

I am enjoying tis time of meditation with you Mary, as I did last year. I created a station on Pandora called John Michael Talbot Christmas, so have been listening to beautiful Christmas music...Very worship inspiring...If you have never used Pandora, try it, it's free.

Bevie said...

Yes, Mary I haven't posted to each of your posts, but am following in my Bible too. I'm out of ink so can't copy what you've written, but I will later...thanks for being so faithful my sister.

lori vliegen said...

God with us, indeed!!! beautiful message today, mary!! xoxo, :))

Butterfly Works said...

God;s grace,,,,,I needed a big dose today and He provided...Thank goodness He is with us all the time.....

Thanks for these readings....

Connie Lou said...

Thank you for this post, I am always reminded of His love, mercy and grace...through wonderful angels that He puts in my life, like you. God Bless.