Where Do You Feel Hope?New Every Morning | December 2, 2022
Close your eyes and ask yourself: Where do you feel hope in your body? Many of us connect to hope with our heart or our gut. Maybe hope to you is more about reason and thought, and you feel it in your head. Maybe for you hope is about doing something, and you feel it in your hands and your feet. Think about where you feel hope. Take a few breaths and try to connect with where you feel it inside yourself. … If you are struggling to connect hope with a physical part of yourself, simply place a hand over your heart and ask God for hope as you breathe.
—Whitney R. Simpson, Fully Human, Fully Divine: An Advent Devotional for the Whole Self (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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I hope, Lord.
My whole being hopes,
and I wait for God’s promise.
—Psalm 130:5 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Creator God, thank you for creating my whole self. Help me
to continue to slow down and hope, be mindful and present,
and use my body to draw closer to you on the journey this
Advent. Make me a wise one who seeks you always. Amen.
Prayer by Whitney R. Simpson
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I think I have hope in heart, mind, and soul. I’m ever hopeful. Peace in many different ways: personal, family, church, NEM, community, state, nation, and world. Progress in building up the CCUMC, toward moving to the Poconos, snow for winter activities, and a visit with my daughter and granddaughters are my biggest hopes.
Prayers for Julie, Megan, and H; Jill, Larry, Becky and Don; Ally&David, Lou and family, April and her loved one, Rick and Scott, former NEM posters, those whose names are unknown, and visitors to NEM. Thankful for this space to share God’s blessings. Thank You, Lord.
Set up for the nativity scene / cookie walk.
I hope for many things, both large and small. I hope that my therapist and I can dissuade Megan from getting a dog at this time. I hope that God works in my heart to help me forgive or at least be more patient with h.
Yesterday was frigid here and so I went grocery shopping without h as he just takes so long to get through the store. I needed to get there and home quickly to minimize the time out of doors. The kitties loved their new toy and their treats. I bought stockings for each kitty and new ones for Megan and myself. We have the stuff for the kitties stockings and Megan bought presents for my stocking. I have some of hers but we will shop on Sunday for more. So another hope is for a great holiday for Megan and I.
My hope for this Advent season is to be able to slow down, and to have quiet moments of stillness, meditation, time just being in His Presence. To not get caught up in the hecticness of the school exam schedule, busyness with my god son’s games, concerns of my friends and love ones. I suppose – taking those concerns and leaving them at the altar – each day anew, perhaps even each moment when I recognize I am thinking about them too much.
We have decided we are not buying gifts for each other this year at all. We are going to enjoy ourselves when I go down to Florida to visit. We are going to make a donation to a student’s family at my school who lost everything in a fire last week.
I also want to be more intentionally grateful…taking moments to pause in awareness of what I have to be thankful for.
This week seems to have passed fast, but there was a lot packed into it. Yesterday’s 12 hour day – I got a lot accomplished. I am headed to bed soon and will relish a slow morning tomorrow. My god son plays in the afternoon – at my alma mater. There is a new building now, but will be back in familiar environs.