December 16, 2009

It's easy to get so caught up in the hustle of the holidays that we lose sight of the true gift that is coming at Christmas. Concerns about schedules, checking our lists, and making ends meet occupy our minds, causing tension, stress and inner conflict that obscure our vision and prevent our seeing God's ever-present blessings.

This week's readings invite you to push back from those external distractions that tend to erode our spirits and to focus with awareness on the sweet, soulful signs of God's movement in and through us.

May the peace of Christ be with you now and always~

Reflections for Your Journey

In this issue


As the second largest retailer on the Web, amazon.com is the easy, convenient one-stop shop for most everything on your holiday gift list.
But did you know that every time you buy ANYTHING from amazon, explorefaith receives FREE FUNDING at no additional cost to you?

All you have to do is click-thru to amazon here, from the link below, from our homepage, or any amazon logo on our site.

No matter what you buy, we benefit from your purchases, so please support us by starting your amazon shopping experience at explorefaith!

Give to explorefaith through amazon

Shop amazon.com now

Send Tidings of Joy

explorefaith Christmas card

Send explorefaith's premium e-cards to your friends and family for Christmas and provide vital support for our ministry too.

Click here to see all our unique designs and send your cards today!


With the year's end fast approaching, explorefaith needs your help now more than ever! Please support us with a tax-deductible donation before December 31 to secure the future of our ministry that touches thousands of lives each day.

Donate Now


Rite Brian

Ritebrain gives you searchable, online access to the Book of Common Prayer, Book of Occasional Services, and other liturgical resources for just $29 per year.

Click here to learn more about Ritebrain from Church Publishing, Inc.

When Blessing Comes
Comforting Hands
"For those who desire life and desire to see good days, let them keep their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking deceit."
—I Peter 3:10

Waking to a new day is a gift—feeling the life that God has given us, knowing the possibilities that are before us, even if we do not have all that we want. The truth is, we always have the opportunity to make new choices.

If a sense of unfairness weighs on us so heavily that we find ourselves sharing misery rather than hopefulness, we can lighten our load by becoming still within and asking God to give us the wisdom to discern other options waiting to be discovered.

We may find that if we speak some words of blessing, we will see blessing when it comes to us. 

Gracious God, let hopefulness and possibility lead me to the blessings you have for me.

Read this Signpost in its entirety

Going Inward 
Gracious God,
As the roots of a tree spread out in darkest soil, let me spread out into the darkness of my own life to see what is nourishing me there. Remind me that there is nothing to fear when I face myself squarely, for always in the mystery of my own being, the tracks of your love are visible. Amen.

Read more of this Advent Prayer


Girl with binoculars

Waiting with Awareness 

Perhaps Advent seems outmoded, even ancient and irrelevant for the 21st century. Yet, what is not outmoded, ancient, or irrelevant is that God comes, comes, ever comes. When we take the time to wait, we become aware of that presence. Stress, tension, conflict, inner disparities find a centering point in that presence, and life becomes fuller and deeper.

Read more of Renee Miller's reflection

 Quick Links

More Advent Resources

Days of Waiting

Signpost Daily Devotions

Prayer and Meditation



Join our mailing list!

Send this to a friend

Safe Unsubscribe
This email was sent to dorothymcclure@explorefaith.org by newsletter@explorefaith.org.

explorefaith.org | 102 N. 2nd St. | Memphis | TN | 38103