Waiting in Silence

December 12, 2012

Today’s Reflection

WAITING IS DIFFICULT business. Sometimes the hardest work is staying still and trusting that God works even in silence. We want the confirmation of burning bushes, pillars of fire, and visiting angels. That is not the stuff of ordinary life, but it does not mean that miracles are outdated or that we cannot expect God to speak new and even unbelievable possibility into our individual and collective lives. …

We wait in confidence and hope not because of who we are but because of whom we trust and believe God is: faithful, steadfast, full of loving-kindness, true to God’s word, and present with us.

- Enuma Okoro
Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent

From pages 57-58 of Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent by Enuma Okoro. Copyright © 2012 by Enuma Okoro. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Listent for God in silent prayer. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth. Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 12:5-6, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who are tempted to spend beyond their means. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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This week we remember Sister Alicia Domon (December 6).

Lectionary Readings

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robert moeller December 12, 2012 at 7:35 am

Two big concerns on my mind have been resolved, a college application is complete and about to be reviewed, hope that admission follows; a decision not to buy a house at this time makes a lot of sense. God, the Holy Spirit, the Almighty received my prayers and granted the wisdom I asked for. Very thankful for that.

The second decision also put the brakes on spending beyond my means. That’s a wonderful blessing.

Men’s communion breakfast this Saturday morning. Now my third one in my new church, these breakfasts are very uplifting and positive.

While Christ is in our hearts we cheerfully, joyfully remember the story of his coming so long ago. Without him there is no hope, life, resurrection. Thank you Jesus.

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Faithful and loving God, although waiting is tough, we can wait in confidence and hope because we trust that you are faithful, loving and kind. Thank you that Your presence is always with us during this time of waiting.

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