Some of us struggle for certainty, and some add to that spiritual load by also worrying about the fact that we are struggling. Yet when we hesitate to voice our questions, even to those closest to us, the spinning logic wheels in our mind can distract us from experiencing the reality of God. We produce questions that are impossible to answer. Some people struggle so intensely that they become disillusioned with faith; some become estranged from God and organized religion and leave the church. Others may float in a kind of malaise within the church—less than happy, less than faithful, feeling less than loved by God and yet unable to leave the faith behind completely. But it is possible to face our questions and doubts and to wrestle with them until we exhaust our rational powers and are able to move beyond their limits.
—Mary Lou Redding, While We Wait: Living the Questions of Advent (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see.
—Hebrews 11:1 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, help us to hear you calling us home during Advent and guide us to set aside time for reflection on the wonder of your Son’s birth. Thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ. Help us to focus on him and to show his compassion and love to others during this season. Amen.
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Show your loved ones how much you care by giving them Spirit Boosters, daily reminders that they still have purpose, no matter their age.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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