Here is your weekly dose of Friday Focus, a smattering of what I’m reading, listening to, learning, watching or pondering.
I hope you join me in prayerful, joyful anticipation of celebrating the coming of Christ this Christmas.
What I’m reading – To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’ Donohue. This is more of a lifelong handbook of reflections and blessings for the many experiences of human existence: blessings, struggles, life and death. A wonderful companion throughout life’s journey.
What I’m Watching – Christmas Novena – “O Antiphons” these last days of Advent are one of the highlights of my liturgical prayer during the entire year. Here’s today’s reflective prayer.
Sacred Scripture I’m pondering: “I place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open.” (Isaiah 22:22)
Practicing ridiculous generosity: Behaving generously is a pathway to a richer, fuller life. Behaving generously opens our hearts and minds to the larger picture of gratitude, joy and living a peace-filled life. In the next several installments of Friday Focus, I will be offering “the week’s ridiculous generosity challenge.” If you don’t like the one I propose, feel free to create your own.
The week’s ridiculous generosity challenge: Be like Diane von Furstenberg and “start your day by sending out one email specifically designed to help somebody else” – without directly benefiting you at all – before you do anything else. Make an introduction, send some encouragement, offer a helpful resource or link.
Quote I’m pondering – “By his own will Christ was dependent on Mary during Advent: he was absolutely helpless; he could go nowhere but where she chose to take him; he could not speak; her breathing was his breath; his heartbeat in the beating of her heart…. In the seasons of our Advent – waking, working, eating, sleeping, being – each breath is a breathing of Christ into the world.” ~ Caryll Houselander
Another Hold Me Tight for Couples – Candace and I are hosting another Hold Me Tight for Christian Couples. It will be on January 24 &25, 2020, here in Lafayette. Our focus is to make these intimate and powerfully effective. Because of this, we are only taking 6 couples. Be sure to sign up here. This would make a great Christmas present for you and your spouse, or a couple who you know.
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Advent Peace and Blessings.