Tag: Advent

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 Reflections: Let the Weary World Rejoice!

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 so long ago, but his coming ...

This is Advent

I am mindful that this year Advent begins against a sweeping backdrop of pain and brokenness. It seems there are few places in our world that have not been touched by violence and injustice. And our hearts ache. Sometimes the ache feels unbearable. Our first and most basic reaction is to silence or dull the ...

An Advent Prayer by Henri Nouwen

Lord Jesus, master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day. We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us. We who are blessed in so ...

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Free Advent Resource 2013

“I just want Christmas to be different this year.” How many times have we said that either to ourselves or to our families? How often have we considered the approaching holidays with dread? We want to live differently into the Christmas season…more reflective, less hurried, with more margin in our lives to give more…of our ...

Advent 2012 Day 3 The Attentive Life – Part 1

I groaned out loud when I read the scriptural text for the day.  My ladies small group and I are walking through the book of Luke together.  So when I realized the text was on Simeon, an obscure character in the Christmas narrative, my first inclination was to skip over it and get on to the ...

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The Attentive Life

“The secret of waiting is the faith that the seed has been planted, that something has begun.  Active waiting means to be fully present to the moment, in the conviction that something is happening where you are and that you want to be present to it.  A waiting person is someone who is present to ...

Christmas – The Initiative of God

“When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son….” Gal. 4:4 “God comes to us like the sun in the morning…when it is time. We must assume an attitude of waiting, accepting the fact that we are creatures and not the creator. We must do this because it is not our right to ...

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Winter in Our Soul

  Last night we witnessed a total eclipse and today is the winter solstice for the Northern Hemisphere…the shortest day of the year.  We often live in similar moments, even seasons, when the darkness seems to overtake the light.  Darkness that has settled in our souls can overshadow any glimmer of hope. Living by faith ...

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Waiting in the Midst of Our Fears

“Waiting is not a very popular attitude.  Waiting is not something that people think about with great sympathy.  In fact, most people consider waiting a waste of time.  Perhaps this is because the culture in which we live is basically saying, “Get going! Do something! Show you are able to make a difference! Don’t just ...