Favorite “seasonal” quotes followed by small offerings of prayer.

 
God is the friend of silence. See how nature–trees, flowers, grass–grow in silence? The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life. -Mother Teresa

Lord, how can we give from an empty reservoir? In silence, strengthen us from the inside out. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. -Luke 2:19

Lord, forgive us when the thoughts of perfect decorating and the pressure of picking out just-the-right gift weigh heavier within than the celebration of You.

Beauty is God’s handwriting. -Charles Kingsley

Oh Lord, how we love Your penmanship! Awaken us to each curvature and sweep of Your creative hand this season. We will be quick to give You praise.

Miss Piggy has two hundred sprigs of mistletoe–and I try to avoid them. -Kermit The Frog

Lord, empower me to run hard towards those in need of love and not to give in to the temptation of avoidance. Help me to embrace Your boldness. 

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

Lord, You are with us even when we don’t see, feel, or sense Your nearness. May we never take the unspeakable gift of Your presence in our lives for granted. Help us to rest in Your truth when our flesh tempts us to believe otherwise.

Advent is primarily about the coming of God, and only in a secondary way about our asking, seeking, waiting, and longing. There is hope, because we are unconditionally loved, whatever may be our failures, our tepidity, or our secret despair. -Maria Boulding

Oh, the sweet release Your unconditional love brings, Father. Love that covers our deepest fears and darkest failures, ushering in hope and exposing light where darkness once called home.