My Advent daybook for these 24 days of waiting. Join me, won't you? (see previous Advent daybook 2017 posts here)
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all readings* for today: Haggai 2:1–9, Psalm 32, Revelation 3:1–6, Matthew 24:1–14
prayer for today:
The Hebrew word selah (see-lah) is repeated throughout today's Psalm. The definition of this word is probably a musical reference, calling for a break in the singing of the Psalm. The Amplified Bible (AMP) adds the explanatory phrase, "pause, and calmly think of that!", each time the word Selah shows up in the Psalms. Today, take some time to be silent, without any noise or distraction, to pause and calmly think about the first two weeks of Advent. There is no need to strive for a profound insight during this time. Just be still. If you begin to sense thoughts or feelings bubbling up in the quiet, notice them without trying to analyze. You might breathe out one phrase each time you're tempted to become distracted. Try something like "O, come, Emmanuel" or even, "Selah, pause and calmly think of that". Trust God as your Heavenly Father to be present with you through Christ and by His Spirit. End your time with a simple prayer or chorus. Go about your day in peace.
(see all Advent daybook posts from 2016 here)