Advent Desire: An offering from Lil Smith

December 6, 2017
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Psalm 65:5 By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance,
    O God of our salvation;
you are the hope of all the ends of the earth
    and of the farthest seas.

(c) Bonnie Oden

O come, O come, Emmanuel.

We have a false sense of security all around us:

The light comes from a switch.

The food comes from a box.

The water comes from a bottle.

The word comes from an advertisement.

The group leaves people out…on purpose.

We are separated from you.

O come, O come, Emmanuel.

Free us in waiting to let go of ourselves and to choose you.

O come, O come, Emmanuel.

Your light is filled with expectancy.

Your food provides growth in gestation.

Your water refreshes with peace

You lead us to joy.

O come, O come, Emmanuel so that we may rejoice with you!!

(c) 2017 Rev. Lil Smith
Spiritual Director and Supervisor
Retreat House Spirituality Center

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An offering from Lil: I sense false security all around me

March 19, 2015
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“I warned you when you felt secure, but you said you would not listen.”  Jeremiah 22:21

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I sense false security all around me:

The light comes from a switch.

The food comes from a box.

The water comes from a bottle.

The word comes from an advertisement.

The group leaves people out…on purpose.

I am separated from you, Security.

Free me to choose your true security:

Your light brings me from the darkness.

Your food nourishes my soul.

Your water refreshes me with new life.

Your word leads me to your house.

Your group loves me just as I am.

(c) 2015 Rev. Lil Smith

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