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Dec. 15

Light

John himself was not the light,
but he came to bear witness to the light.

John 1.8

God, I confess:
I reveal my desires,
I advertise my fears.
I bear witness to my shadows.
But I am made in your image,
made of light.
You have sent me into this life
to bear witness to the light.
By your grace help me today
to bear witness to your light
in all I do and say,
everything I think and seek.
Give me grace to see my shadows,
to acknowledge them and let them go,
and instead bear witness to the light,
the light that is you,
in the world, and in my heart.
Let me be the clear window,
and you the light pouring through.

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I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for
Lucy, Kelvin and Barbara.

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Dec. 14

Sanctified

May the God of peace sanctify you entirely;
and may your spirit and soul and body
be kept sound and blameless
at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful, a
and God will do this.

— 1 Thessalonians 5.23-24

Sometimes you feel
you’re on your own,
trying to survive,
trying to maintain….
But in fact you are being held.
You are being sustained.
You have been sanctified,
set aside for a holy purpose.
God wants life for you,
and will keep you,
spirit and soul and body,
for exactly that purpose.
The faithful One will do this.
Even if you can’t trust this mystery,
live as if you do,
and see.

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I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Craig, Suzy and Sara

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Dec. 13

Rejoice

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances.

—1 Thessalonians 5.16-18

Christ came into a dark, messed-up world.
The little baby Jesus didn’t get to pick
his favorite time or place.
He made his own time and place beautiful
by bringing grace to it.
Bring grace to your day,
whatever it may hold.
Rejoice in it, for God is with you.
Pray without ceasing:
listen to God every moment.
Give thanks in all circumstances:
God is inviting you into new life
in every moment,
even the dark, messed-up ones,
right there with Jesus.

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I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Lisa, Carolyn and Thelma

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Dec. 12

Spirit

The spirit of God is upon me.
— Isaiah 61.1

God, I confess that I am a slave
to my own ego: what I want,
what I think, what I believe is right.
Help me let go of the whole lot of it,
and allow your Spirit to come upon me.
I am ready to surrender,
to be controlled by your Spirit.
As deeply as your Spirit came upon Mary,
as forcefully as upon the prophets,
may your Spirit take me, and have me,
and use me for your delight.
Spirit of the living God,
fall afresh on me.

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I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Linet, Dorothy and Lynne.

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Dec. 11

News

The spirit of God is upon me,
for God has sent me
to bring good news to the oppressed.
— Isaiah 61.1

God, you did not come into this world
to keep the comfortable comfortable,
but to raise up the poor.
You have come for their sake,
and you are coming again for their sake.
Bless me, that all that I do—
my thoughts and choices,
my words and deeds—
will be good news to the oppressed.
Help me move beyond
faith that is purely for my sake:
give me your passion for the poor;
save me from a life that gives no hope
to the outcast or despairing.
By the new birth of Christ in me,
make my life good news for them.

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I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Denise, Maci and Michael M.

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Dec. 10

New

We await a new heaven and a new earth.
So what sort of persons ought we to be?
Lead lives of holiness and godliness,
waiting for and hastening
the coming of the day of God.

— 2 Peter 3. 11-12

God, you intend to change the world,
and you intend to change me.
Open my heart
and work your changes in me.
Give me courage to become a new person.
I freely and willingly surrender my will
to your purposes and your delight.
May your presence in me
be a sign of your coming.

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I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Marie, Taryn, Francine and Liz.

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Dec. 9

Shepherd

Look! God, the Holy One, comes with might,
and will feed their flock like a shepherd,
and gather the lambs in their arms.

—Isaiah 40.10-11

God is not distant, abstract,
watching you from afar.
God comes to you,
even now: in this struggle,
this day, this hope.
God comes and gathers you,
holds you, bears you on.
In whatever you face,
rejoice in this mystery:
you are being carried,
by the One Who Loves You.

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I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Bonnie, Elizabeth, Rebecca and Martine.

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Dec. 8

Grass

Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of our God will stand forever.

—Isaiah 40.7-8

We have faith in each other, yes.
But we will wither.
We have faith in the future, yes.
But it will not save us.
Our faith is not in the future but in God,
our hope in the One who loves us.
We will not be here forever.
None of us has infinite time.
The moment is now; our lives are now.
And God holds them,
holds our lives, holds all eternity.
Trust this most deeply,
and live this moment.

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I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Joshua, Linda, Derek and Corrina

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Dec. 7

Mountains

Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low.

—Isaiah 40.4

What mountains in me need to be made low?
What great works of my ego
need to be reduced?
What molehills need to be shrunk?
What mounds of responsibility
might I step over?
What insurmountable barriers
will you level before me?
God, prepare your way in me.
Make my uneven places a level path.

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I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Cynthia, Donna, Valerie and JudithAnn

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Dec. 6

Valleys

Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low.

—Isaiah 40.4

God, what valleys in me
need to be lifted up?
What lowly things in my heart
need to be encouraged, strengthened,
given honor?
How are you raising up my valleys?
Am I ready?
God, lift me up!
Raise me by your grace—
not for my own glory but yours,
for your purposes—
raise me by your grace
and let me shine with your light.

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I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Nancy C., Nancy K, Susan L, Susan E.

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Dec. 5

Way

Prepare the way of God.
—Mark 1.3

We imagine a road, a highway,
something that someone else
powerful should build.
But what if you are the way?
Maybe you are the way
God enters the world:
your love, your courage, your beauty.
Your Word of truth spoken boldly,
your brave act carried out with love,
your steady prayers
among those who do not trust.
Imagine that you are God’s channel.
Open yourself, and let God use you,
fill you, flow through you.
Prepare yourself to be
the Way of God.

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I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Roxanne, Leslie, Betsy and Ann

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Dec. 4

Path

Prepare the way of the Holy One;
make straight a path for God.
Mark 1.3

God,
too often I hide from you,
I close the door,
I create a winding, tortuous path
for you to get to me.
But I want to open my heart to you,
to clear a path for you,
straight into my heart.
Make a way, God,
push aside all I have thrown in the way,
and come to me.
Amen.

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I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Abigail, Peter, Maple and Asina

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Dec. 3

Holy One, you are our Life-Giver;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.

—Isaiah 64.8

Sometimes you feel pressure;
life’s demands, deadlines and requirements
looming, leaning on you.
But sometimes it’s different:
a leaning in you,
an energy in you drawing toward something,
nudging you into a new place.
Maybe it’s a new challenge,
maybe it’s healing.
It may be the hands of the Potter,
shaping you into something new.
Feel for those hands on you.
let them work you
into God’s new Creation.

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I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
Millie, Bodil, Karen and Kristyn

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Dec. 2

Gift
You are not lacking in any spiritual gift
as you wait for the revealing of the Beloved, Jesus Christ.
—1 Corinthians 1.7

God, help me to see:
in what small ways do you move and work
in my heart, in my life,
to help me wait your coming?
What spiritual gifts have you given me
to open me to your unfolding presence?
Help me call forth those gifts,
and rely on them deeply,
as I look forward to what you have in store
for me and for the world.

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I pray for each of you every day.
Join me today in praying for:
George, Beatrice, Hal and Pauline.

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Dec. 1

Look

You will see the New Human coming….
What I say to you I say to all: Keep awake!

— Mark 13.35, 37

God, it seldom occurs to me
that you might come into this world
or come into my life
in a new way.
Awaken me to the possibility.
Pique my interest.
Rouse me from the stupor
of forgetting to hope.
Keep my eyes open for your coming.
Give me the courage and wonder
to look.
Amen.

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