December 16

Reflection                                 

The advent of peace begins in the heart where fear is cast out and reconciling love abides. When we die to our old hates and heal each other we bear witness to what is worthwhile in this life: living compassionately and doing no harm to each other. We know what that looks like: a comforting touch in suffering, healing care in illness, overcoming hate in violence, and justice dismantling the structures of oppression.

Prayer

Renew my spirit, O God.  

Action

What can I do to help dispel whatever dams the flow of love and joy in my
heart and the hearts of those with whom I live and work?

Suggested Reading

Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!
The Lord, your God, is in your midst,a mighty savior;
he will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love…
Zephania 3:14-18 

The spirit of the God is upon me, because God has anointed me;
and has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly; to heal the brokenhearted.
Isaiah 61:1

Brothers and sisters:
Rejoice in the Lord always.
I shall say it again:  rejoice!
Your kindness should be known to all.
The Lord is near.
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus
Phil 4:4-7

The starting point of Jesus’ spirituality, the experience of God as Abba, included the awareness that God was a loving parent to all human beings.  God loves and forgives all men, women and children unconditionally. It was with this conviction
that Jesus approached the people of his time.
Jesus Today

Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are.
 Hafsat Abiola

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Louisa May Alcott

The effect of one good-hearted person is incalculable.
Oscar Arias Sanchez

You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.
Pearl S. Buck

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