Oh… a VERY cool Advent idea: A Facebook Advent Calendar

November 10, 2014

Although Lent & Beyond is not on Facebook (yet?) this idea of creating a Facebook Advent calendar is intriguing to me.  What a wonderful way to witness during the Advent season and help reach out to others, urging them to prepare for Christ’s coming and make room in their hearts for Jesus….

How to Create a Facebook Advent Calendar

It’s giving me ideas too as to what we at L&B could do here on the blog, and/or via Twitter…. HMMMM….!

If any of our readers have good examples of online Advent calendars or blogs, we’d love to know about them.   How might you reach out to others this Advent via social media?   Think and pray about that….!


God is a master craftsman who can transform our brokenness

November 10, 2014

An absolutely beautiful reflection “The Beauty of Brokenness” today from Christine Sine at Godspace.  (Christine posts reflective prayer exercises / meditations every Monday.)  The post begins with a discussion of the Japanese art of Kintsugi, the art of mending broken pottery with lacquer resin sprinkled with powdered gold, or silver or platinum.

Here’s part of the closing prayer / meditative exercise which is part of the post:

What is one broken area in which you still long to see transformation and wholeness? Name it and lift it up before God in prayer. Ask God to act as the master craftsman mending and making whole your brokenness.

I encourage you to go read / watch it all!

 


A beautiful daily prayer from Mother Teresa: Flood my soul with Thy Spirit

November 10, 2014

I had bookmarked this prayer by Mother Teresa to post during Advent… (and may post it then too!)… but it is such a beautiful prayer, that I felt like posting it now, several weeks before Advent begins!  May the Lord indeed flood our hearts and souls with His Spirit and shine through us and spread the fragrance of life in Christ everywhere we go today!

Dear Jesus,

Help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go.

Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love.

Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine.

Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul.

Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus. Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others.

Amen.

-The Life and Prayers of Mother Teresa (p. 67). (North, Wyatt.  Wyatt North Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition. January 2014)

[Note: this book is currently on sale this week at Amazon for 99 cents (regular price is $2.99)]


Various Scriptures Prayed

November 10, 2014

Let the groaning of the prisoner come before you; according to the greatness of your power preserve those who are appointed to die; (Psalm 79:11)
      Jesus, I pray for those in prison and those on death row, that by the greatness of your power and your Holy Spirit you will bring them to new life.

So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ (Luke 14:21)
      Let our parish be one where the poor, the maimed and the lame and blind are welcomed in, Jesus. All of us are crippled by sin — help each of us come to your banquet with humble hearts.

Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:18 )
      Jesus, please help us comfort one another by our words and deeds.

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. (Matthew 25:1-13)
      Holy Spirit, give me oil for my lamp I pray. Fill up my vessel with your presence, power, and light.

But I am poor and needy; make haste to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay. (Psalm 70:5)
      Jesus, I look to you with hope for deliverance and help. Please do not delay. Thank you.

But let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream. (Amos 5:24)
      LORD, let your justice and righteousness flow through our community. Bring us to that purity of heart whereby our offerings will be acceptable to you. Thank you.

Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD! (Psalm 27:14)
      LORD, please help me to wait on you.

WORD: Bring your pain and your distress to me so that you can praise me.
WORD: Plant the mustard seed of faith in the hearts of my children.
Psalm 27:14, WORD: Wait on me and I will strengthen you in the day of trouble. I will quiet your heart and give you my peace.
WORD: Pray for the oil of my Holy Spirit to fill up your lamp. I want you to be a light to others.

Daily Lectionary
Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Joel 1:1-13; Rev. 18:15-24; Luke 14:12-24
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Joel 1:15-2:2(3-11); Rev. 19:1-10; Luke 14:25-35

Albany Intercessor


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