Advent Daybook, 7: Let justice roll down like waters

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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Primavera III by Małgorzata Chodakowska ( source )  See  short film  from fontaines 2015 exhibit

Primavera III by Małgorzata Chodakowska (source)

See short film from fontaines 2015 exhibit

music for today: "The Source", Liz Vice (lyrics) (YouTube)

Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord!
Why would you have the day of the Lord?
It is darkness, and not light, as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him, or went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall, and a serpent bit him. Is not the day of the Lord darkness, and not light, and gloom with no brightness in it?

“I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
”Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky.
Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.”
”But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.
— Amos 5:18-24, Psalm 85:10-13, Jude 20-23 (ESV)

* Sunday Scripture readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). Daily Scripture readings are taken from the Book of Common Prayer (Year 2).

prayer for today:

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
— Jude 24-25 (ESV)

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Is there someone you want to bless this week? Bake something, pick up a few extra groceries, a bouquet of flowers, a loved possession you choose to give away to someone else (e.g., favorite books), or make something. Here's a collection of some of my favorite ideas for homemade gifts - simple, inexpensive, and thoughtful

(see all Advent daybook posts from 2016 here)