Fifty-one: Promised Messiah

Beginning Monday, December 19

Preparation

  • Recite Psalms 130 and 131
  • Moment of silence

Presence through the word

  • Psalm readings
    • Morning: Psalm 20
    • Noon: Psalm 19:1-11
    • Vespers: Psalm 19:12-14
    • Night: Psalm 103
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings
    • Monday: Matthew 1:1-17
    • Tuesday: Matthew 1:18-25
    • Wednesday: Matthew 2:1-12
    • Thursday: Matthew 2:13-18
    • Friday: Matthew 2:19-23
  • Moment of silence

Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling or silent reflection
  • The “Lord’s Prayer”

Practice

During this final week before Christmas give a gift to someone unexpected. Find a stranger—anyone at random, and give a gift. It may be to purchase the groceries of the person behind you at the store, or a meal for the person behind you at the drive through window. Perhaps there is a homeless person you see regularly but haven’t helped before. Help this person.

Resolve in the coming year to help people randomly—at least once a month, until it becomes a habit.

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About Darryl Willis

Darryl has been working for non-profits for over 36 years. His current work takes him to Ukraine several times a year. He has fallen in love with the country and the people. Darryl writes poetry and his work has appeared in several online and print journals.
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