Take a deep breath in, then exhale slowly. With that breath, you just connected with the divine spark that is within you! It’s easy to lose touch and get swept up by the season and forget the breath of life that God has placed inside each of us. So many of us have lost touch with our bodies, with who we were created to be. But no more! Today, you can embrace the challenge and the opportunity of being fully present for Advent as we prepare with anticipation for the birth of Christ, of God being made human.
—Whitney R. Simpson, Fully Human, Fully Divine: An Advent Devotional for the Whole Self (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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The Spirit of God has made me;
the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
—Job 33:4 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Creator God, thank you for creating my whole self. Help me
to continue to slow down and hope, be mindful and present,
and use my body to draw closer to you on the journey this
Advent. Make me a wise one who seeks you always. Amen.
Prayer by Whitney R. Simpson
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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