SEVERAL YEARS AGO, I went through a period of clinical depression. … During this time of struggle, I received comfort from those around me. They kept me safe, wrapping me in warm layers of love. They were God’s presence to me, giving me hope and filling me with light and life. Today I remember the gifts of comfort I received during that difficult time, and I look for those who might need God’s comfort in their Advent of depression, illness, or grief.
—Beth A. Richardson, The Uncluttered Heart: Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2009)
“Dear friends, if God loved us this way, we also ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. If we love each other, God remains in us and his love is made perfect in us.”
—1 John 4: 11-12 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Clear away the clutter, O God, that I might have more room for you.
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Slow down, simplify, and add a burst of color to your Advent. The spiritual practice of coloring mandalas (circular designs), lighting candles, and praying regularly can help us stay centered on God during this busy time of year. Give it a try. Color as you pray this Advent season.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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