Category: Advent

Perfectly Imperfect

I put out my Christmas decorations today. I love the way my home looks at Christmas; the lights, the colors, the candles. Some of my favorite decorations are the creches (nativity scenes) my husband and I  have collected from our various trips around the world. The hand-carved olive wood creche from Bethlehem, of course, commands ...

Advent: Let the Weary Souls Rejoice

Today is the first day of Advent. It’s perfect timing. For too many weeks I have lived outwardly and inwardly rushed. I feel scattered and find myself whizzing through my obligations without time for any kind of reflection, space, or meaningful connection to God and even those I love. Sheesh. All my good intentions have ...

Advent Prayer-Week 4 A Present Reality

The coming of Jesus incarnate ushered in the kingdom of God and marked the beginning to the present rule and reign of God in our hearts and lives. So Jesus was not only talking about a place, an afterlife or future return, but a way of seeing, thinking and living right now. A distinguishing mark ...

Advent Prayer: Week 3 “How Long, O Lord?”

This is the third Sunday of Advent. Advent means “Coming”. There is usually anticipation, excitement, and tension all mixed together while we wait for that which is expected. Our prayer this week focuses on the Advent practice of waiting. The season of Advent gives us the opportunity to practice something that is hard for most ...

A Prayer for Advent – Week 2

Last week we began our journey through Advent. Our prayer centered around how in a culture and season cluttered with distractions and busyness, we are desperately in need of something more sacred than all of our hurrying. Today, as we begin Week 2 we focus on Mary’s embrace and even delight in God’s, often disruptive, ...

It is Here! Let the Season Begin!

The Season of Advent Begins Today! For centuries, Christians made space in their crowded hearts at Christmas through participating in a daily devotion called Advent. The word Advent means “coming.” The season of Advent refers to the four-week period leading up to Christmas Day. Jesus’ coming was not just a one-time event as a child ...

“Let the Weary World Rejoice” – An Advent Devotional (ebook)

Advent begins Sunday, December 2nd! If you are you looking for an Advent resource this Christmas season, ebook “Advent Reflections: Let the Weary World Rejoice!” offers a 4-week, daily short, insightful daily devotional, Scripture reading, and two reflective questions. Advent Reflections is perfect for individuals, families, or churches as an affordable resource to help you slow ...