An Advent Examination

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Day 18 - December 18, 2019

An Advent Examination

“Test yourselves and find out if you really are true to your faith. If you pass the test, you will discover that Christ is living in you. But if Christ isn’t living in you, you have failed.” 2 Corinthians 13: 5 

Advent is the perfect time to clear and prepare the Way. Advent is a winter training camp for those who desire peace. By reflection and prayer, by reading and meditation, we can make our hearts a place where a blessing of peace would desire to abide and where the birth of the Prince of Peace might take place.

Daily we can make an Advent examination. Are there any feelings of discrimination toward race, sex, or religion? Is there a lingering resentment, an unforgiven injury living in our hearts? Do we look down upon others of lesser social standing or educational achievement? Are we generous with the gifts that have been given to us, seeing ourselves as their stewards and not their owners? Are we reverent of others, their ideas and needs, and of creation? These and other questions become Advent lights by which we may search the deep, dark corners of our hearts.

By Edward Hays from A Pilgrim’s Almanac

Prayer: Give us ears to hear, O God, and eyes to watch as we examine ourselves, that we may know your presence in our midst during this holy season of joy as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. Amen.

submitted by Jan Lee


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