Welcome to your advent journey. Each day we will begin your day with prayer and thanksgiving. You decide the time of day. I will present verses from scripture designed to prepare our hearts for the holiday season. Our advent journey will have little twist. At Hope for Pain we are concerned about your bodies and healing. This journey embraces this healing process, healing of your soul, bodies, and mind.
Today’s verses: Isaiah 40: 29 – 31
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Do these words ring true to you today? Can you even imagine mustering the energy or strength to navigate the holidays this year? This advent journey is designed to give you rest; rest for your soul and spirit. We will immerse ourselves into the Word and practice an ancient tradition called the Nativity Fast. Instead of gorging our bodies on gingerbread and plum pudding, we are going to observe a fast designed to grow us closer to our Maker, preparing our hearts for our Lord’s Incarnation. The fast includes eliminating red meat, chicken, meat products, eggs, diary products, and fish. So let’s do this. Have a little fun with this and place our hope in the Lord and so He can renew our strength.
Each day I will share recipes or ideas with you; some simple, some a little complex, but all designed to equip you to get through this Nativity Fast.
This recipe is a favorite among our family. It can be added to food as a relish or used as a dip with Ezekial tortillas toasted as pita chips.
1 package of cranberries
Three green onions
1 handful of cilantro
¼ cup of sugar
Pinch of salt
Process all ingredients in a food processor or Vitamixer. Enjoy.