THE POWER OF a believing community can do wonders in how we wait in hope. A community helps us discern how God calls us and speaks into our lives, keeping us accountable to spiritual integrity and affirming or challenging our discernment as necessary. It is important to have people with whom we can prayerfully share our spiritual journeys and who can help us name the new realities that God might be birthing in our lives. A community can support us as we name these new realities and learn to live into our expanding or changing sense of identity as flourishing children of God.
—Enuma Okoro, Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent (Upper Room Books, 2012)
How does your community offer spiritual support?
“We wait in hope for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.”
—Psalm 33:20 (NIV)
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 experience the presence of Christ by giving to The Upper Room.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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