My family members share a somewhat dark sense of humor. Like many great comedians who wring laughter out of life’s challenges, the tough Kentuckians of my family have survived by learning to laugh even in the face of pain and loss. In the most demanding situations, we can find something to laugh about. …
Laughter is one of God’s good gifts to us. Making time to laugh is a spiritual discipline that can lead us to gratitude for the people and experiences that move us to laughter.
—Mary Lou Redding, God Was with Me All Along: A Guide for Capturing Your Memories and Telling Your Story (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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A cheerful heart is a good medicine,
but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.
—Proverbs 17:22 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, be near me as I recall events from my life. Guide me to look at my past with forgiveness and love. Help me to accept where I am in my life journey and to recognize ways you have been present with me all along. Thank you for your unconditional love and for the strength you give me each day. Amen.
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In Fully Human, Fully Divine, Whitney R. Simpson writes, “An embodied Advent invites us to live the experience of this season fully, with our whole selves, right here and right now as we await the Christ child.” Learn more about this year’s Advent resource by visiting UpperRoom.org/fullyhuman.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Reign of Christ
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