On longing for the King to come again.
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Wednesday | December 22

Luke 24:32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”


Life can often feel empty. We sense we should feel more, experience more meaning, desire the right things more fiercely, and have full hearts when hearts ought to be full. But life’s not like that. Our desires and thoughts mix and match. We feel sad when we ought to feel happy and numb when we ought to feel sad. Holidays like Christmas often highlight this confusion. Yet it’s worth noting that our desires can be like a compass. They are not true north, but they do point to something. They point to a longing to be fulfilled. As if we were made for full hearts, and we just can’t figure out how to get there. How settling is it, then, to read that when King Jesus is near that hearts are set on fire? How fitting, it seems, that when he walks with the disciples on the road to Emmaus their hearts burn within them. Our longings are not so far off. The advent of the King means that we won’t always live with mixed up desires, but that one day our hearts will burn with the hope they were made for.

Morning Kneeling Prayer

Father, I pray that I would

enter this day as your Son

entered the world, full of love

and hope.


Midday Kneeling Prayer

Jesus, I pray that I would be present in my work as you were present in this world, full of humility and service.


Evening Kneeling Prayer

Holy Spirit, I pray that I would be at peace in my rest knowing that you came to bring peace to the world, and will one day bring rest to all things. Amen.

The Common Rule - Advent Edition! is a seasonal version of The Common Rule which provides a set of daily and seasonal practices for celebrating the King that has come and waiting for the King that will come again.