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In the shadow of darkness, a light has dawned.
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Monday | November 28

Matthew 4:12-17 Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles - the the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”


It is us, and it is our neighbors, who are the people dwelling in darkness. The beginning of Advent is to admit that we live in the valley of the shadow of death. That things are not well. We may be numb to it, we may be blind to it, but we must wake up to it. To wake up means to realize that reality is a dim shadow of what it could be and what it ought to be. Yet in this shadow of death, a light has dawned. Pray and ask God to help you feel (not just see, but feel) that you live in a time and a place that is not OK, and that this time and place needs many things, but more than anything else, it needs the presence of Jesus.

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.
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