Wednesday | December 5

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 / Romans 12:15 / Matthew 9:36 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. / Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. / When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.


We spend much of our time in a relentless pursuit of personal happiness. This is a particular pressure around the holidays. We hope that our gifts and our feasting will make us happy. Yet the rumble of suffering beneath all things persists. Sometimes it’s in our families. Sometimes it’s in our neighborhoods. Sometimes it’s across the tracks or the river. Sometimes it’s in another country. Injustice prevails and our light in the world sometimes seem like just a flicker. Imagine what it would be like if we regularly entered into seasons of mourning. How would our communities be different if we mourn with those who mourn? If we looked for the vulnerable the way Jesus did.


Song: Break My Heart by Antioch College Worship

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.
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