This is from the last (and today’s) Advent Project devotional: the Scripture, reflection, and prayer.
I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.Revelation 22:16-17
“There is nothing tribal about this water of life invitation. It has its own economy. There are no ‘water rights’ on this water of life; nothing justifies ‘mine, never thine’ possessiveness. The waters of life are new family-forming. You come to the waters, and find yourself taking and receiving with the other ‘whoever desires’ kin; the banks of the waters are called grace. Next to you on the banks is a Samaritan woman, a Tax Collector, a Centurion, a Prostitute, a Thief . . . At the waters of life, there is the simple word, ‘Come’. Will I believe that no-strings-attached invitation? Who or what will I permit to summon my life in 2022?”
Come, Holy Spirit, come.
Rise up within me rivers of living water.
Come and breathe on me, wind of God. Come, Lord Jesus, come.
Demonstrate your power to heal and release captives.
I welcome you as the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.
Come, Father of Lights, with whom there is no shifting shadows of change
Form my heart for your family of lights throughout your world. Amen.