Christmas Day Midnight

Today you have options. Choose the one that fits your celebration. There’s a midnight reading if you need a few moments of peace after a late night wrapping session. There’s a reading for dawn, in case your cat wakes you up earlier than you expected. And there’s a reading for the middle of the day—if … Continue reading Christmas Day Midnight

Christmas Eve

This is the week to really practice surrender. The idea is to not read all the readings. They are here for you if and when you need them. This is one of the things I love about following the traditional Advent schedule. It teaches us to surrender–to let things go. It reminds us that we … Continue reading Christmas Eve

Advent Week 4, Day 1

Last week we looked briefly at the spiritual discipline of discernment: being aware of God and his guidance as we choose what truly matters. Today as we consider Mary the mother of Jesus, we see another spiritual discipline: surrender. This is accepting God’s plan and moving into his will—which often involves letting a few things … Continue reading Advent Week 4, Day 1

Advent Week 2, Day 4

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6) These are familiar words. Let’s define them. (See end of post for sources) Wonderful: admirable, distinguished. Every time this word is used in scripture, … Continue reading Advent Week 2, Day 4

Advent Week 2, Day 3

Read the scriptures and look for a verse to treasure today. (All the scriptures are right here.) Luke 1:68-79 (Today’s psalm is a poetic prayer that John the Baptist’s father spoke after John’s birth.) Malachi 3:1-4 Philippians 1:4-11 Luke 3:1-6 Notes Luke 1: This prayer by Zachariah is known as the “Benedictus.” (A Benediction is … Continue reading Advent Week 2, Day 3