A female cardinal perched on a limb in an ice-coated tree.

© Beth A. Richardson, betharichardson.com

Prayer

God of love, may everything I do become an expression of your love. Amen.

Carry These Words in Your Heart Today

Each task performed with love is a tribute to God.

Today’s Picture

When I think of “insignificant tasks performed with love” [Christopher Maricle in today’s quote], it reminds me of feeding the birds. Feeding, watering, and watching the birds is, I believe, an act of prayer. This female cardinal was waiting for her turn at the bird feeder after an ice storm several years ago.

Question

On this fourth Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of love. If you feel comfortable, share with others about your “insignificant tasks performed with love.” Share your thoughts about the question or today’s reading in the book.

Book of the Day

The Jesus Priorities: 8 Essential Habits
Christopher Maricle

I found this book to be very helpful as I struggle to focus on the important things in life. The author found himself in a crisis of faith and decided to try to answer the question, “What did Jesus consistently say and do during his public ministry that would be instructive for us?” His journey of exploration led to this book. Each chapter looks at a different “Jesus Priority” such as Heal, Love, Pray, Spread the Word, and Accept Children as Precious. More about the book.