An Advent daybook for these 24 days of prayerful expectation. Join me, won't you?
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“Prayer and poetry are the closest of kin. In poetry we say it; in prayer we become what we say.” - Eugene Peterson
On Saturdays through Advent, we’ll practice speaking the realities and mysteries of our world in the words of poets. Read the poem below slowly and out loud, if possible. Don’t worry about getting every nuance; notice the image or phrase that most captures your attention and allow those words to form into prayerful thoughts.
Spend 10 minutes quietly observing the night sky.
“Then the Lord will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy.” (Is. 4:5)
Today, remember the promise of God to our forefather Abraham that his children would number more than the stars in the sky. Spend at least ten minutes outside tonight (hopefully there’ll be a clear sky!) and thank God for keeping His promises. Pray for our Jewish friends and neighbors. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
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(See all Advent Daybook posts from 2017 here.)