Holiness in our Midst: Session 135


Story Circle Prompt: Where do you think Jesus would have us begin to heal political, denominational, and family wounds this Advent Season?

WWJD! (WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?) This startlingly simple sequence of letters has been on our bulletin board lately as we enter First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Ames, IA. No answers yet for me! But the reminder has moved me to think about WWJD this holiday season as we light our Advent candles one by one. How would Jesus have me live out hope, peace, joy, and love in my context as I once again await the coming of the Christ Child? These will be my weekly guidepost questions for December 2023:

  •   Where can I be a beacon of hope along my daily path?
  •   How can I promote peace in my wider community?
  •   Where do I begin to search for joy in a broken world?
  •   How can I be a loving force in my family, community, and workplace?

What will Jesus do through you this Advent?


  1. Read the above reflection. In your journal, answer the question: How do you think Jesus would have you live out hope, peace, joy, and love in your daily life this Advent Season? What changes might you be prompted to make?


 1.   Read aloud Session CXXXV.

  2.   Ask each person to answer the Story Circle Prompt.

Holiness in Our Midst: Sharing Our Stories to Encourage and Heal is a monthly on-line feature created by Janis Pyle to facilitate sharing of our personal experiences, thoughts, beliefs, and spiritual practices with one another, especially through stories. Barriers are broken down when we begin to see all persons, even those with whom we disagree ideologically, as sacred and constantly attended to by a loving Creator. Each column is accompanied by a “story circle” prompt and study guides for personal and group reflection. To share your stories, contact Hannah Button-Harrison at communications@nplains.org. Janis Pyle can be reached at janispyle@yahoo.com

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