Daily Bread December 13

We Are “Expecting…”
Lu Mountenay

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. -Romans 15:13

(Lu’s time on Earth ended in May 2019, but her legacy lives on. Lu edited Daily Bread for several years.)

When my nephew, Tyler, was about four years old, he sat on the living room floor and soaked up the Christmas-morning experience. About 20 children and adults in our family engaged in the happy task of opening gifts.

We started at a deliberately slow pace-each person opening one gift at a time. We each wanted to enjoy the moment for each gift and hear each expression of gratitude. But the pace began to speed up as the expectation mounted, and it looked like we might be there all day. (We could smell the turkey cooking and that didn’t help.)

Back to my nephew-he was listening, as well as watching. It finally was his turn, and we handed him a gift, which he looked at with glee. Before he even opened the package he exclaimed, “Wow-just what I always wanted!” And he just looked at it on the floor in front of him with a big grin.

We were all amused. We coaxed him to open the gift, but he said, “I already like it!” I think he was just enjoying the moment. Everyone stopped and enjoyed it with him.

Probably nothing takes more preparation or reveals more anticipation than the birth of a child. How do we prepare? We have nine months to get ready. We say, “We are expecting!” and everyone knows what we are expecting.

How do we prepare for the birth of the Christ child? Do we begin with Advent, or do we anticipate Christ’s presence throughout the year? We expect peace, for peace is on the way. We are expecting!

Prayer Phrase

“Trust what is being born” (Stephen M. Veazey, Words of Counsel, 2019).

Spiritual Practice

Deepen your breathing as you enter a few moments of silent presence to God. Pay attention first to your own life as you gently ask and notice, “What is most alive in me right now? What is being born in me?” After a few moments of silent listening, ask these questions of your community, the church, and the world. Notice how the Spirit is revealing new life and possibility as you prayerfully ask these questions over time.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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