Planned solitude helps us remember who we are and allows us to focus on our own spiritual formation. It reminds us that God loves us just as we are. It lessens our need for others’ affirmation and approval and frees us to be more willing to act on whatever God is calling us to do.
Create a mini-Advent retreat for yourself today. Carve out a time for solitude, and focus your attention on God.
—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Advent: Words of Wonder (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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But seek first the kingdom of God and [God’s] righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
—Matthew 6:33 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy One, guide me as I reflect on the wonder of Jesus’ birth this Advent. May Jesus be born anew in my life. Help me to show his love and grace to others. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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