First Week of Advent, Thursday, December 2, 2021
I want you [siblings] to know that what has happened to me has helped to spread the Good News. All the palace guards and everyone else knows that I am in prison because I am a believer in Christ. Because I am in prison, most of the believers have become more bold in Christ and are not afraid to speak the word of God.
It is true that some preach about Christ because they are jealous and ambitious, but others preach about Christ because they want to help. They preach because they have love, and they know that God gave me the work of defending the Good News. But the others preach about Christ for selfish and wrong reasons, wanting to make trouble for me in prison.
But it doesn’t matter. The important thing is that in every way, whether for right or wrong reasons, they are preaching about Christ. So I am happy, and I will continue to be happy.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We seek you through winter’s frost. The chill in the air seeks to place fear before us on our paths. But we press on as best we can, not always knowing if our ways are true. Draw near to us and reveal the dark places in our hearts so we may feel your touch and reassurance that we are on the right path.
O, Loving Yahweh, you know our hearts and motives because you know us so well. It has become our habit to separate people into categories of us versus them, which leads to competition and dissension. We hear your loving invitation for us to tend to our own fires; in other words, to tend to our relationship with you. You invite us to see ourselves in the same way you see us, with your loving gaze. Our hope is to receive your peace so it may overflow to others and so they may know your loving gaze.
I feel your loving touch as you reassure me today, Loving LORD, and thank you for…
We praise you for your faithfulness to us, LORD God! We doubt our own motives, but you are our creator and know our doubts. You have already accounted for them even before they are known to us. You are strong when we are weak and you ensure us that your word and Spirit speak truth through our weakness. Speak through us today as we seek to do your will.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler
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