Nothing that happens to us is ever lost. In God’s ecosystem, everything in our lives, even the worst experiences, can teach us about eternal love and draw us toward God’s purposes. . . .
All our experiences are part of preparing us for our journey toward God. The moment we turn toward our Bethlehem, toward what God is calling us to be and to do, God’s power cooperates fully with our desire. Even before that moment, according to John Wesley’s theology, God works in us to create the desire that launches us on the journey. Before we are even conscious of God’s activity in the world and in us, God the opportunist uses our every impulse toward wholeness to inch into our thoughts and our lives. God is at work preparing us and “preparing the way” before we even realize there’s a journey to be made.
—Mary Lou Redding, While We Wait: Living the Questions of Advent (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
—Romans 8:28 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, help us to hear you calling us home during Advent and guide us to set aside time for reflection on the wonder of your Son’s birth. Thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ. Help us to focus on him and to show his compassion and love to others during this season. Amen.
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Show your loved ones how much you care by giving them Spirit Boosters, daily reminders that they still have purpose, no matter their age.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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