8But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 9The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.
11Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, 12waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? 13But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.
14Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; 15aand regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.
- Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
- Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence paying attention to the deep breath.
- What fire is consuming you in the midst of waiting?
- What is the fire burning?
- How can the fire be contained?
- Allow the charred remains to settle, and let them go.
- What new thing are you able to hold now that you have let go?
- Allow God to nurture this new thing.
- Growth will rise in the charred remains.
- What hope do you have in this new growth?
- What is God’s message for you?
- Give thanks to God for this time to be in the fire, to let go, and to consider new growth. Give thanks for any new insights you have received.
- Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 4, 2011, the Second Sunday of Advent Year B
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a
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