Listening for God
Advent Daily Examen
Week 1

 

 

Week 1: November 27th – December 3rd

 


December 3rd:

 

Prepare Yourself

Find a comfortable space where you will not be disturbed.

Close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply, taking a moment to set aside any distractions.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you things from the past day, the people you met, the work you did, and the conversations you had.

Pay attention to any strong feelings or emotions, both positive and negative, as we reflect.

 

Reflect

We begin to adjust to the darkness and awaken by letting go of surface so we can let in depth.

Letting go of fear so we can let in love.

Waiting in the darkness for the coming light.

As you take time to hear the world around you, what messages are being whispered to you?

With this awareness let us look forward, releasing what binds us, and embracing the darkness.

What changes in your life do you most want to make this Advent season?

 

Give Thanks.

Think of the blessings in your life over the past day. Take as much time as you need.

Who did you interact with?
What did you receive from these people?
What did you share with them?

Rest in this spirit of peace, let it fill your heart.

Now, thank God for these blessings.

 

Reflect on the day.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what went well during your day? Where did you find connection with others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well? Where did you disconnect from others?

Listen.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be aware of what needs attention.

 

Find God.

Where did you see God in your day?

God’s presence can feel like a warm embrace, or a deep peaceful sense of knowing.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to shed light on the challenges tomorrow will bring.

Listen.

Ask for wisdom and protection.

 

Prayer

Loving God,
open my eyes to the suffering around me and move me to help be the change.

 


 

December 2nd

 

 

Prepare Yourself

Find a comfortable space where you will not be disturbed.

Close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply, taking a moment to set aside any distractions.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you things from the past day, the people you met, the work you did, and the conversations you had.

Pay attention to any strong feelings or emotions, both positive and negative, as we reflect.

 

Reflect

We cannot always choose what happens to us, but we can choose how we respond.

Advent waiting is not passive, we are called to be more, to be a part of the solution.

How can you share the good news of positivity, affirmation, love, and support into the darkness of our world?

With this awareness let us look forward, releasing what binds us, and embracing the darkness.

What changes in your life do you most want to make this Advent season?

 

Give Thanks.

Think of the blessings in your life over the past day. Take as much time as you need.

Who did you interact with?
What did you receive from these people?
What did you share with them?

Rest in this spirit of peace, let it fill your heart.

Now, thank God for these blessings.

 

Reflect on the day.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what went well during your day? Where did you find connection with others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well? Where did you disconnect from others?

Listen.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be aware of what needs attention.

 

Find God.

Where did you see God in your day?

God’s presence can feel like a warm embrace, or a deep peaceful sense of knowing.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to shed light on the challenges tomorrow will bring.

Listen.

Ask for wisdom and protection.

 

Prayer

Loving God,
call to me with your voice of encouragement and hope.

 


December 1st

 

 

Prepare Yourself

Find a comfortable space where you will not be disturbed.

Close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply, taking a moment to set aside any distractions.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you things from the past day, the people you met, the work you did, and the conversations you had.

Pay attention to any strong feelings or emotions, both positive and negative, as we reflect.

 

Reflect

We search for signs around us, flashes of divine warmth, joy, mercy, kindness, and unrelenting love, yet we still struggle to find peace.

How might you bring some relief or help for those who are suffering some hardship today?

With this awareness let us look forward, releasing what binds us and embracing the darkness.

What changes in your life do you most want to make this Advent season?

 

Give Thanks.

Think of the blessings in your life over the past day. Take as much time as you need.

Who did you interact with?
What did you receive from these people?
What did you share with them?

Rest in this spirit of peace, let it fill your heart.

Now, thank God for these blessings.

 

Reflect on the day.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what went well during your day? Where did you find connection with others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well? Where did you disconnect from others?

Listen.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be aware of what needs attention.

 

Find God.

Where did you see God in your day?

God’s presence can feel like a warm embrace, or a deep peaceful sense of knowing.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to shed light on the challenges tomorrow will bring.

Listen.

Ask for wisdom and protection.

 

Prayer

Loving God,
help me be more attentive to the urging of the Holy Spirit to move forward on my spiritual journey.

 


November 30th

 

 

Prepare Yourself

Find a comfortable space where you will not be disturbed.

Close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply, taking a moment to set aside any distractions.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you things from the past day, the people you met, the work you did, and the conversations you had.

Pay attention to any strong feelings or emotions, both positive and negative, as we reflect.

 

Reflect

We need to have hope to be able to stay awake and keep watch. The night will not always last and the dawn will come soon.

Where have you fallen asleep, or worse, become indifferent?

With this awareness let us look forward, releasing what binds us and embracing the darkness.

What changes in your life do you most want to make this Advent season?

 

Give Thanks.

Think of the blessings in your life over the past day. Take as much time as you need.

Who did you interact with?
What did you receive from these people?
What did you share with them?

Rest in this spirit of peace, let it fill your heart.

Now, thank God for these blessings.

 

Reflect on the day.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what went well during your day? Where did you find connection with others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well? Where did you disconnect from others?

Listen.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be aware of what needs attention.

 

Find God.

Where did you see God in your day?

God’s presence can feel like a warm embrace, or a deep peaceful sense of knowing.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to shed light on the challenges tomorrow will bring.

Listen.

Ask for wisdom and protection.

 

Prayer

Loving God,
let me not grow weary in the work you lay before me.

 


November 29th

 

 

Prepare Yourself

Find a comfortable space where you will not be disturbed.

Close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply, taking a moment to set aside any distractions.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you things from the past day, the people you met, the work you did, and the conversations you had.

Pay attention to any strong feelings or emotions, both positive and negative, as we reflect.

 

Reflect

We are bombarded by voices and have become lost in trusting the voice of the world over the voice of God.

It can be difficult to discern, but the voice of the world divides and destroys.

The voice of God is love, calling us to care for one another and to build one another up.

When you listen with your heart, whose voice is loudest?

With this awareness let us look forward, releasing what binds us and embracing the darkness.

What changes in your life do you most want to make this Advent season?

 

Give Thanks.

Think of the blessings in your life over the past day.

Take as much time as you need.

Who did you interact with?

What did you receive from these people?

What did you share with them?

Rest in this spirit of peace, let it fill your heart.

Now, thank God for these blessings.

 

Reflect on the day.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what went well during your day?

Where did you find connection with others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well?

Where did you disconnect from others?

Listen.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be aware of what needs attention.

 

Find God. 

Where did you see God in your day?

God’s presence can feel like a warm embrace or a deep peaceful sense of knowing.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to shed light on the challenges tomorrow will bring.

Listen.

Ask for wisdom and protection.

 

Prayer

Loving God,

let your voice fill my heart as I rest deep in your abundant peace.

 


November 28th

 

 

Prepare Yourself

Find a comfortable space where you will not be disturbed.
Close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply, taking a moment to set aside any distractions.
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you things from the past day, the people you met, the work you did, and the conversations you had.
Pay attention to any strong feelings or emotions, both positive and negative, as we reflect.

 

Reflect

When we first enter into the darkness of Advent, we pause from our self-satisfying routines and look back over the last year. With this awareness let us look forward, releasing what binds us and embracing the darkness. What changes in your life do you most want to make this Advent season?

Give Thanks.

Think of the blessings in your life over the past day.
Take as much time as you need.
Who did you interact with? What did you receive from these people? What did you share with them?
Rest in this spirit of peace, let it fill your heart.
Now, thank God for these blessings.

Reflect on the day.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what went well during your day? Where did you find connection with others?
Listen.
What didn’t go well? Where did you disconnect from others?
Listen.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be aware of what needs attention.

Find God. 

Where did you see God in your day?
God’s presence can feel like a warm embrace or a deep peaceful sense of knowing.

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to shed light on the challenges tomorrow will bring.
Listen.
Ask for wisdom and protection.

Prayer

Loving God,
help me remain calm in the uncomfortable stillness of the darkness.

 


November 27th

 

 

Prepare Yourself

Find a comfortable space where you will not be disturbed.
Close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply, taking a moment to set aside any distractions.
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you things from the past day, the people you met, the work you did, and the conversations you had.
Pay attention to any strong feelings or emotions, both positive and negative, as we reflect.

 

Reflect

Breathe with the pace of the season of Advent and be freed of the frantic seasonal consumerism around you.
How can you fill your waiting with growth, relationships, and connection, to be properly formed by this season?

Give Thanks.

Think of the blessings in your life over the past day.
Take as much time as you need.
What brought you joy or delight?
Rest in this spirit of gratitude, let it fill your heart.
Thank God for one of those blessings.

Reflect on the day.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what went well during your day.
What surprised you?
Listen.
What didn’t go well?
Some things will be out of your control,
this is not meant to make you feel bad, but to help you be aware of what needs attention.
Listen.

Find God. 

Where did you see God in your day?
Think over the many details.
God’s presence can feel like a lightness of joy in your heart or the strength to face difficulties.

Where is God calling me to go?

Take a moment to think about what is coming up in the next day.
Ask God “What would you have me do?
Listen.

Prayer

Loving God,
help me embrace the darkness to discover what I truly value,
how I spend my time,
and occupy my thoughts,
so that I can find your bright light in my heart.

 


 

 

 

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