Daily Reflections

Modern Jubilee

by Beth Richardson on December 20, 2014 · 0 comments


Saturday, December 20. Campaigns are underway to forgive some debt owed by developing nations. What do you think about linking jubilee to current political realities? Pray for discernment for leaders faced with complex issues.

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Words from The Word: The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
-Luke 1:26-38 (NRSV)

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Audio Lectio: Pray the scripture with us using a guided meditation on Luke 1:26-33. “Rejoice, favored one! The Lord is with you!”

Spiritual Tools: The spiritual practice for this week is consideration of the article, Active Intercession. Reimagine praying for others.

Art Credit: He, Qi. Annunciation, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. Original source: heqigallery.com.

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