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Today’s Reflection

WHAT WE CELEBRATE during Advent and Christmas is the completely new way God comes to us in Jesus Christ. We also celebrate the new persons we are becoming because God sent Jesus, God’s own beloved Son, to the world God loved so much. … Our Advent celebrations are based on our hope that God will bring a new heaven and a new earth in which all creatures have everything they need for life and live together in harmony with one another.

– Blair Gilmer Meeks
Expecting the Unexpected

From pp. 16-17 of Expecting the Unexpected: An Advent Devotional Guide by Blair Gilmer Meeks. Copyright © 2006 by Blair Gilmer Meeks. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Where do you see signs of harmonic living? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior….”

Luke 1:46b-47, NRSV

This Week: pray for joy. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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This week we remember: Thomas Merton (December 10).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling December 14, 2017, 4:35 pm

    In our country, Singapore, all races live in harmony.

    Thank you God that we can live in harmony and glorify you.


    • Francesca December 15, 2017, 5:40 am

      I love hearing that, Mary. I pray that God will work in our hearts (USA) for each of us to desire and work for racial harmony. And let it begin with me!

      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling December 15, 2017, 7:24 am


    • Marcy December 15, 2017, 1:01 pm

      Mary, what a joyful message! I also pray this vision for the USA, that this country comes together in caring and healing for each other. Harmony! That’s what the world needs!

      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling December 15, 2017, 5:32 pm


  • robert moeller December 16, 2017, 6:24 am

    Missed this reflection, at least I think so, glad to be able to find it.

    Yes, we need a lot of harmony here in the US.

    Thank you Francesca, Mary, and Marcy for your prayers.

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