Daily Bread Nov. 30

Continue the Preparation
By Lu Mountenay of Independence, MO, USA

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 NRSV

As we approach the second Sunday of Advent, we also prepare to celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. How will Communion during Advent be different from other Communion worships?

Throughout the year we prepare ourselves for the Lord’s Supper with repentant hearts and through acceptance of God’s grace. We try to reconcile any differences and conflicts in our souls. We forgive ourselves and others, as Christ forgives us.

During the Advent season, how can we consider Christ’s earthly death on our behalf, as symbolized by the bread and wine, and at the same time think of him as a tiny, newborn life?

Cross and cradle, death and life, grief and gift, authority and innocence, loneliness and love. Dark night of the soul and light of the manger star, tears and living water—what is our bridge between these images?


Kneel, if you’re able, toward the stable
heal, if you’re able, at the table

See the quiver of the infant’s lip
          tiny fingers as they grip
          new eyes, so wise
          see past my face
          see my need for grace
they reach into my heart
with healing art

my communion at the table
takes me back to the stable.
          Who can separate the two?

Advent Prayer Phrase:

Anticipation deepens within.

Invitation to Spiritual Practice

Spend a few moments dwelling in God’s presence. Pay attention to where your heart feels drawn into prayer. What words, images, or themes in this story lead you to reflect on your own faith journey? What is God’s invitation to you this day?

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