Listening for God
Advent Daily Examen
Week 4

 

 

The Fourth Week of Advent
December 18th – December 24th

 


Friday, December 24th:

 

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

In Bethlehem, the world changes forever when God becomes human.

We must be willing to encounter God wherever God presents, even in the most unlikely of places.

Into this life of ours with all its problems, anxieties, and uncertainties, God enters.

Thank you for coming even when we didn’t understand, deserve, or were not ready for you.

How can we join the angels in heralding “Joy to the world!”?

 

Give Thanks.

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

Ask God to show you relationships that may need attention.

Rest in this spirit of hope, 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 share your light with others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well?

Where did you fall short of sharing your light with 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?

Think over the many details, God’s presence can feel like a quiet assurance or lightness of heart.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to shed light on one thing you can do tomorrow to love others.

Listen.

 

Prayer

Loving God,
let the peace, love, joy and hope of the season shine in me like a beacon.

 


 

Thursday, December 23rd

 

 

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

On our Advent journey, the unforeseeable future comes to us as a chance for something new, for a birth, for the expectation, the hope, the possibility for transformation.

Taking time to rest in the darkness helps us to see where God’s light is leading us forward.

How can you be a light to lead others out of darknes?

 

Give Thanks.

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

Ask God to show you relationships that may need attention.

Rest in this spirit of hope, 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 share your light with others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well?

Where did you fall short of sharing your light with 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?

Think over the many details, God’s presence can feel like a quiet assurance or lightness of heart.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to shed light on one thing you can do tomorrow to love others.

Listen.

 

Prayer

Loving God,
close the doors to the dark places I no longer wish to visit.
Be a light unto my path forward.

 


Wednesday, December 22nd

 

 

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

God speaks hope to the weary, the burnt out, and the hopeless.

Heartbreaking poverty co-exists with inconceivable wealth; this is a sign of individualism and self-obsession.

How can you expand your capacity to be a light bringing hope to someone in need today?

 

Give Thanks.

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

Ask God to show you relationships that may need attention.

Rest in this spirit of hope, 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 share your light with others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well?

Where did you fall short of sharing your light with 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?

Think over the many details, God’s presence can feel like a quiet assurance or lightness of heart.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to shed light on one thing you can do tomorrow to love others.

Listen.

 

Prayer

Loving God,
remind me that the opposite of selfishness is love, and that you are love.

 


Tuesday, December 21st

 

 

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

Hope shows us there is always a way out, that we can always redirect our steps, that we can always do something to solve our problems.

How can you let go of despair and embrace living in hope?

 

Give Thanks.

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

Ask God to show you relationships that may need attention.

Rest in this spirit of hope, 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 share your light with others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well?

Where did you fall short of sharing your light with 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?

Think over the many details, God’s presence can feel like a quiet assurance or lightness of heart.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to shed light on one thing you can do tomorrow to love others.

Listen.

 

Prayer

Loving God,
help me to continue to make positive steps forward.

 


Monday, December 20th

 

 

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

Mary’s full surrender to God was made flesh.

Through our surrender God continues to take flesh acting with us, in us, and through us. We are a work in progress.

What challenges might God be calling you to do in the coming year to imitate God’s loving concern for others?

 

Give Thanks.

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

Ask God to show you relationships that may need attention.

Rest in this spirit of hope, 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 share your light with others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well?

Where did you fall short of sharing your light with 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?

Think over the many details, God’s presence can feel like a quiet assurance or lightness of heart.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to shed light on one thing you can do tomorrow to love others.

Listen.

 

Prayer

Loving God,
help me embrace the journey ahead which awakens me to new light.

 


Sunday, December 19th

 

 

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 the baby leapt in Elizabeth’s womb, she cried out in a loud voice and became a prophet.

Her joy was overflowing with the connection of her cousin who was carrying the Messiah.

Reconnect to the hope of God-with-us.

How can you put aside your interests to make more room for others, especially those in need at this time?

 

Give Thanks.

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

Ask God to show you relationships that may need attention.

Rest in this spirit of hope, 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 share your light with others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well?

Where did you fall short of sharing your light with 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?

Think over the many details, God’s presence can feel like a quiet assurance or lightness of heart.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to shed light on one thing you can do tomorrow to love others.

Listen.

 

Prayer

Loving God,
help me bring relief, peace, and hope to those who suffer.

 


Saturday, December 18th

 

 

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

Mary and Elizabeth were two women who embodied the hope of impossibility by their willingness to serve God.

Let us not begin with our abilities, but begin with God’s grace.

Hope speaks to us of a thirst, a longing for a life of fulfillment.

Where do you feel you are being called to serve?

 

Give Thanks.

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

Ask God to show you relationships that may need attention.

Rest in this spirit of hope, 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 share your light with others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well?

Where did you fall short of sharing your light with 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?

Think over the many details, God’s presence can feel like a quiet assurance or lightness of heart.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to shed light on one thing you can do tomorrow to love others.

Listen.

 

Prayer

Loving God,
call me into action to share the hope your light and love can bring to others.

 


 

 

 

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