The Daily Office

January 1, 2013

Today’s Reflection

THERE MAY BE NO BETTER PRAYER PRACTICE to begin a new Christian year than a daily office. A daily routine for prayer, something simple, predictable, on a set rhythm and schedule, can cultivate a deep practice of obedience: of listening for and hearing God’s presence in the daily. … The intent of practicing a daily office is to spend disciplined time with God, showing up at a set time alone or in community, so that a habit of prayer is established.

How better to greet Immanuel, God-With-Us, in the new year than by daily practicing to be-with-God? May this rhythm of prayer, begun in Advent, help us “hear” God daily.

- Pamela C. Hawkins
Simply Wait

From p. 101 of Simply Wait: Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent by Pamela C. Hawkins. Copyright & copy; 2007 by Pamela C. Hawkins. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Do you have plans to begin a spiritual practice this year? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Isaiah 60:3, NRSV

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robert moeller January 1, 2013 at 5:57 am

I’m staying with the quiet time I have, morning and night, to start and end the day the Lord hath made.

In my family I pray for Erich beginning a new year and a new school, for Jenny and Chris soon to be parents of their first child, for Anneliese about to have knee surgery, and for Mom beginning a new year at 94.
I pray that our country will find ways to solve our problems with God’s guidance and with a spirit of compromise, that peace will come to all God’s creation and at the name of Jesus every knee will bend.
May God bless all who visit, read, and comment here that you will be spirit filled and walk with the Lord. In the name of the only one who can keep us from falling, I pray, Amen.

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Pam January 1, 2013 at 8:51 am

I like the silent time to pray–first thing in the morning and in the evening. My prays of “Thanks” are throughout the day. There is so much to be thankful for!
I always pray for my family and friends–whatever their needs may be. Plus, pray for our educational services, those in ministry, all care givers, and the leaders of our country at all levels. May there be an abunance of peace and love everywhere!

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Betsy January 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

I hope to regain that quiet time during my morning routine. I need that daily communication with God in order to realign my prioritites with His plan. I hope to begin my journaling again and use my alone time to lift up praises and prayers to God. With His help….

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Edy January 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I hope to read the entire bible this year as outlined in the Chronological study bible.

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 5, 2013 at 7:12 am

Usually I will read the bible and devotional then pray for the needs of my family, friends, students but this year I will learn to linger and ‘simply wait’ upon the Lord to listen to Him cause it is not fair that God has to listen to me and did not have a chance for Him to say what He wants to say to me.

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Nellie DeCoteau August 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm

I need to change my address. I have recently moved to The Norway Rehab. Living Center/29 Marion Ave/Norway, Maine 04268. My old address was % of my daughter Roberta Howard/P.O. Box 24/Mechanic Falls, Maine 04256. Thank you for your help.
Nellie DeCoteau
The above e-mail is my daughters

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