All of us can look back on our lives and identify red-letter days, events that mark the stages in our journey. Starting school, having our children, having our youngest child start or graduate from school, getting our first job, buying our first car on our own, buying our first home—remembering events such as these can help us reflect on how God has borne us along and move us to gratitude for God’s goodness.
Revisiting memories of special times can awaken memories of more ordinary days—the ones that make up the majority of our lives—and help us to see that God is active in them too. As we learn to notice and mark God’s acts in these ordinary days, we will see more and more of what God is doing.
—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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This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
—Psalm 118:24 (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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