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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Zephaniah 3:14-20

REFLECTION We are not a people who welcome interruptions. Zephaniah reminds us that through prophetic interruptions God off glimpses of a hopeful future that goes beyond getting us the morning. It frees us from fear and moves us to rejoice

-DEBORAH A. BLOCK

Isaiah 12:2-6

REFLECTION So we too on this Third Sunday of Advent are called to sing for joy, to celebrate the ways in which God has delivered us, is delivering us, and will deliver us, until there is true peace, shalom, wholeness on earth and goodwill throughout the entire creation. “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation…. Shout aloud and sing for joy.” For, in the words of another old hymn, “Since love is Lord of heav’n and earth, how can I keep from singing?” these: Interuptions Joys in my life PRAYER Loving God, th in my heart.

A RANDLE R. (RICK) MIXON

Philippians 4:4-7

REFLECTION Why can we not live in peace? Are we destined to know only that peace “which passes all understanding”? Possibly. That peace is of God and it is good. It comes to us when we need it most and, with no other options, yield ourselves to God. The only way we will ever “understand” peace is one small act of peace at a time and welcoming the one who comes to us, the One who understands.

JOSEPH R. JETER

Luke 3:7-18

REFLECTION There is no getting to Bethlehem and the sweet baby in the manger without first hearing the rough prophet in the wilderness call us to repentance. This seems the obvious and first point to take from this Luke 3 text. Trying to avoid or sugarcoat John’s words is just not possible. Faithful and fruitful arrival at the manger will be possible only after the careful self examination and recommitment called for by John.

-KATHY BEACH-VERHEY

RESPONSE For your Advent Sabbath journaling, think of your response to these:

  • Interuptions remind me…
  • Joys in my life…

PRAYER Loving God, the light of the third candle reminds me of the joys in my heart. Amen.