Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity:
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: 2 Kings 2:9-22, Psalm 125, and Acts 3:17-4:4
Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation. It’s a time to prepare ourselves for the coming Christ. It’s a time to take stock of where we are in our journey and see what we need to be doing better. It’s a time when we recognize the darkness in our own lives and show appreciation for the light that Christ gives us.
Today’s readings are about people who had received light. Elisha stayed with Elijah during his last hours, and as a result he received a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. Peter and John had experienced Christ’s resurrection and were preaching about it in the temple. In both cases the people in question were stronger because of their encounters with God. They weren’t afraid to let others see God in them, or to let God work through them.
Take a few moments to pray about this. How has God worked through you? Are you open to his leading? Write your own prayer.