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Advent Meditation

Ephesians 5:8
For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light -- for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.

Have you ever been in a cave? In a dark room without any light at all? The absence of light produces a darkness we seldom see as we are usually given light from indirect sources. Imagine coming out of a totally dark place into the light as initially a blinding experience. How many of us go through our lives "blinded by the light," covering our eyes from the high wattage of God's love. Yet we are called to walk as children of the light. To me this means we go forward in innocence and faith, not allowing our light in the love of God to be dimmed at all by the cares of the world or by the fears we carry with us. What a wonderful challenge!

OUR FATHER, YOU ALONE CAN GIVE THE LIGHT FOR US TO CARRY FORTH. HELP US FIND THE WAY TO WALK IN FAITH, AS YOUR CHILDREN, IN THE LIGHT OF YOUR LOVE. AMEN

shared by Nancy C., December 9

Advent Meditation: Deck the Halls, Prepare our Hearts!

John 1:23
So he said, "I am, as Isaiah prophesied, 'A voice of one that cries out in the desert: Prepare a way for the Lord. Make his paths straight!'"

It was before Halloween this year when I first noticed the department stores setting out their Christmas decorations. I wondered how many hours would be spent by store clerks and mall employees preparing for this holiday we call Christmas. How many hours would be spent searching for the perfect gift, the right outfit, the exact ornament? And how many hours would be spent searching for the star in the heavens to guide our path, looking for the child, praying that we would recognize the savior when he appears? It is so clear to me that the world needs Christ. Christmas is big business, and we spin our wheels in the bustle of the holiday but do we find peace in the beauty of our celebration of that holy day? What would happen in our lives and the world if, this Christmas season, we spent as much time on our knees in prayerful preparation as we do on our feet in the shopping malls?
OH GREAT GOD, GUIDE US IN PREPARATION TO WELCOME JESUS,YOUR SON, INTO OUR HEARTS. AMEN.
from "A New Day in Christ" Daily devotional guide, shared by Charelle W.

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Prayer Requests

Grace flows in abundance from the glory of your throne, loving God. Yet we choose to deny, to reject, to follow our own path; never imagining that the life of the demanding call could so completely eclipse the mediocrity of a life of our own creation. Forgive our unbelief, wash away the stain of our sin, open our eyes to the new life that we can have, if only we deny our own will and submit completely to your will. Show us the places in our lives that we resist your hand, shaping and molding us to your use. Soften us, that we may bend to your purposes, Master Potter.

We lift the following concerns to your care:

Zenon G. in Wasco State Prison (3300), Wasco, CA. Pray for me.
James R. in North Kern State Prison, Delano, CA. Pray for my family.
Rickey Y. in Avenal State Prison, Avenal, CA. Pray for me and my family, as well as my friend Tammy P. and her family.
Victoria B. in Orange Co. Jail, Santa Ana, CA. Pray for me and my pen pal Mario M.
Sabrina C. in Century Regional Detention Facility, Lynwood, CA. Pray for me and my family.
Daniel B. in Daniel Unit, Snyder, TX. Pray for me.
Henry R. and Octavio T. in Tulia Unit, Tulia, TX. Pray for me and my family.
Hilda A. in McAllen, TX. Pray for me and my two sons who are incarcerated.
DeAnna E. in Plane State Jail, Dayton, TX. Pray for me.
Agustin T. in FDC Houston, Houston, TX. Pray for me, my wife, and my children.
Veronika L. in McLennan County Jail, Waco, TX. Pray for me.
Molly B. in Smith County Jail, Tyler, TX. Pray for me.
Javier P. in Theo Lacy Facility, Orange, CA. Por favor oren por mi familia ya que perdimos a mi padre. Oren por mi esposa Ciria quien esta muy mal de salud
Marco B. in Theo Lacy Facility, Orange, CA. Por favor oren por mi caso, por mi mama, mis 3 hijos y demas familia
Cynthia R. and Felicia U. in ICE Service Processing Center, El Paso, TX.
Maria D. in Zapata County Jail, Zapata, TX. Por favor oren por nosotras las internas y por todo el personal que trabaja alrededor
Denny P. in Harris County Jail, Houston, TX. Por favor oren por mi ex-esposa, mis 4 hijos y por mi para que yo pueda estar con ellos nuevamente.
Rhonda L. in Calcasieu Correctional Center, Lake Charles, LA. Pray for me and my fiancee.
LaCarla M. in Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility, Ypsilanti, MI. Pray for me and my family.
Melisha J. in FCI Tallahassee, Tallahassee, FL. Pray for me and my family.
Anitra H. in Public Safety Center, Modesto, CA. Pray for me.
Sonja F. in CCWF, Chowchilla, CA. Pray for me, my fellow inmates, and our families.
April C. in West Valley Detention Center, Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Pray for me and my family.
Guadalupe L. in Wayne Scott Unit, Angleton, TX. Pray for me and my family.
Vincent W. in Harris Co Jail, Houston, TX. Pray for me.
Crystal C. in Hilltop Unit, Gatesville, TX. Pray for me, my children, my boyfriend, and my whole family.
Heidi R. in Calcasieu Correctional Center, Lake Charles, LA. Pray for my friends and family, especially my kids, as well as my fellow inmates.
Tammy A. in FCI Tallahassee, Tallahassee, FL. Pray for me and my son, Daniel B., as we both struggle with drug addiction. Pray for my daughter Brandi T. and my other daughter Glenda T. M., as well as her husband James M. and their children Connor & Gavin. Pray for my other grandchildren Heath T. and Cassidy B.
Jeremy R. in Jackson Co Correctional Institution, Jefferson, GA. Pray for my family.
Thomas K. in Castle Rock, WA. Pray for me and my friend Shawn D.
Rudy R. in CCC A Fac, MSF Fac, Susanville, CA. Pray for me; my wife, Regina; and my children, Arreona, Angel, Raquel, and Isaiah R.
Francisco M. in Wasco State Prison (6600), Wasco, CA. Pray for the health of my pregnant wife and our unborn child.
Bruce F. in CDC San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA. Pray for me and my fellow inmates.
Bernice C. in Indio Jail, Indio, CA. Pray for me.
Tracy W. in Century Regional Detention Facility, Lynwood, CA. Pray for my daughter Cleisha D. who is also incarcerated.
Larry H. in Lynaugh Unit, Fort Stockton, TX. Pray for me.
Ernest O. in Holliday Unit, Huntsville, TX. Pray for me.
Gary P. in Anderson County Jail, Palestine, TX. Pray for me.
Nancy B. in East Texas ISF, Henderson, TX. Pray for my friend Michael who is suffering from stage 3 lymphatic cancer.
Brenda P. in St. Tammany Parish Jail, Covington, LA. Pray for me and my family, especially my mother who is suffering from dementia.


"Have thine own way, Lord, Have thine own way,
You are the potter, I am the clay.
Mold me, make me, after thy will
While I am waiting yielded and still."

Amen.

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