Daily Bread December 14

Advent Every Day
John Bonney of Springfield, OR, USA

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.  -John 1:14

What is it about us that we always hope for something better? Too often we look forward to an improvement over what we now experience. When God wants something to be better, what happens? God enters the human experience. God gives us peace through Jesus Christ.

The year draws to a close. The Advent spirit brings celebration to our lives each year. That sense of hope and joy, of excitement and anticipation, is the essence of Advent. We sometimes call it the “Christmas Spirit,” and of course, we’re pointing in that direction, but what we’re experiencing is Advent. It is that time when we excitedly share the peace emanating from a birth of long ago.

Advent unfolds the story, told and retold, which shows us a way-a peaceful way. We have purpose and being through the cause that underlies this birth story. Humanity needed something to be better…something needed to be different. Humanity simply needed “God with skin on.” The life foretold of Jesus of Nazareth was just that, “God with skin on.” It’s an image to excite us. It’s an event to look forward to, to remember, not only each December, but every day.

I am expectant and joyful over the Advent of Christ because God put on skin and joined us in history. I am grateful that every day I can experience Presence with skin on through others in the community. You can be that human, personal expression of Presence in my life repeatedly-every day. In you I can find peace.

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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