Practicing Generosity in Thought, Word, and Deed
Pause today and notice something you have worked hard on and recognize yourself for it. Acknowledge your effort. - Kristin Armstrong, Olympic Gold Medalist
Each Saturday we provide a space for you to pause, reflect upon, and integrate into your life what you have learned during the past week. The most important learnings from the week most likely will be personal, the things that emerged for you as you interacted with the reflections and the prompts.
The process of change usually happens in stages. First, we have a thought, a new idea, or insight into something that we might want to change. Next, we often speak that thought out loud in a conversation with others, or in our prayers. For example, “I am starting to think that I am ready to ________ and I may need your support in doing ________.” Finally, change involves action, doing something different. We describe this three-step process as changing in thought, word, and deed.
In reviewing your notes and reflections this week around the theme of being generous with yourself, did you have any new thoughts or ideas? You might want to make a note of them below or in a separate journal. Did you have a word or a conversation with someone or with God about what you were thinking? Finally, did you do anything new or different in this week in light of what you wrote, thought of, or talked about? You might want to take a moment and reflect on any thoughts, words, or deeds from this week that you want to be mindful of as you journey through the remainder of Advent.
Making it personal: What was the most important insight you had this week as you read and reflected on being generous with yourself? Is there anyone with whom you would like to share this? Is there anything you would like to do based on this insight?
Follow along with us this Advent season with our daily devotional and engage in discussion in our closed facebook group moderated by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner & The Rev. Jan Kwiatowski.
In this group, participants will have a chance to share their responses to the prompts in the daily readings, and also the chance to receive additional material for reflection.