Today our morning staff gathering was centered around Advent. This will be a specific focus each Wednesday morning during the Advent season. We are reading from an Advent booklet called Preparing for Christmas by Richard Rohr. Today, Rohr reminded us of the Advent mantra, “Come, Lord Jesus” and the expectant hope that comes with being awake and alert to the arrival of Jesus.
Matthew 24: 37-44
What expectations or demands of life can you let go of so that you can be prepared for the coming of Jesus?
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This morning our community focused on the following scripture during lectio divina, or “divine reading”. Lectio Divina is a contemplative prayer practice in which we read, reflect, and pray through scripture.
Psalm 27: 12-14:
Do not let me fall into their hands.
For they accuse me of things I’ve never done;
with every breath they threaten me with violence.
Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
while I am here in the land of the living.
Wait patiently for the Lord.
Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
This morning during our staff devotions we took time to pray for our community. Below are some of the specific things we prayed for. Thank you for joining us in remembering:
- The weather has turned very cold here in Galati. Many of the children’s families do not have good heat sources or the resources to pay to heat their homes. Please pray for comfort and warmth throughout the winter for these families.
- The mother of one of our staff members died last week. Please pray for God’s peace for the family as they grieve this loss and celebrate her life.
- Our monthly parent’s meeting is being held today. Please pray for the continued support of the parents in the work at the community center and their own development as we come along side them.