WHAT A RELIEF that God’s reality and trustworthiness does not depend on our feelings. And God can be trusted with all our emotions and all our hungers, pains, fears, and doubts. The reason we are called to wait on God during Advent is because God always shows up. While we wait on God, we can lean into the believing community that trusts with us and for us. Hope and belief can be shared within the body of Christ.
—Enuma Okoro, Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent (Upper Room Books, 2012)
“Instead, by speaking the truth with love, let’s grow in every way into Christ, who is the head. The whole body grows from him, as it is joined and held together by all the supporting ligaments. The body makes itself grow in that it builds itself up with love as each one does its part.”
—Ephesians 4:15-16 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Transforming God, as we wait, prepare our hearts to receive you.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
As we enter the third week of Advent, let’s step back from the encroaching busyness of the holiday season to listen to God through the silence, thanking God for the gift of Emmanuel. Help others to experience the presence of Christ by giving to The Upper Room.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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