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