In the shadow of darkness, a light has dawned.

Wednesday | December 1

John 3:16-21 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.


Light is comforting, but it also exposes. This is radical, because most of the world around us now echoes our own distorted voice. Most of the world is an electronic mirror, reflecting back the thing you need the least - a whitewashed version of yourself. But God's light is different. It reveals the truth, even when the truth is unpleasant. It is in the light of Jesus that we finally see what is actually in us, who we really are and what we really do. But do we want to see? Do we want that darkness exposed? Confess this morning what needs to be exposed in your life. Then tell that to a trusted friend and ask them to pray with and for you.

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.