I’m so grateful to celebrate my first year of Advent. This is the first year my Christmas tree didn’t go up Thanksgiving night. As a result of celebrating for the first time, Stephanie Nelson connected me with Holly Stallcup of Mended Women. Holly put together a series of video devotionals for Advent, each packed with a reflection. I chose the word HOPE. Here is my video: Mended Advent Day 3: Hope.
My topic this year is “Finding Hope in Unmet Expectations” because that’s what my book is about as well. On Fridays, I write you a poem. All the other days in October I will write short non-fiction essay or vignette for you. Each day has a different word prompt. I hope you enjoy. Today’s word prompt is WORSHIP.
Do I accept the world in all of its fury, despair, and appetite without also accepting the tranquility, affection, and harmony that stands at my doorstep when I walk outside to breathe in its life? Do I receive all the life and grace God extends to me in my calloused palms?
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Here I sit in the middle of another road asking God what he needs me to do. All he whisper is, “Try.”
Through my questions, I learned that God gave my sister a miracle. He provided my family with one too. He allowed us to know this incredible woman. He gave her the gift of salvation and eventually brought her to Heaven. And He showed me that it was okay to grieve, and that it made me a real woman with real emotions.
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