Practice Advent

Wow, it’s hard to believe that tomorrow is December!  Where has 2013 gone?  It’s been a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend.  I am grateful for the gorgeous weather, my family and all the blessings I am lucky enough to receive.  I’m not sure how I ended up living in this time and place, but I am thankful.

The season of Advent begins December 1st and is a beginning to a new church year.  Christmas is still four weeks away but Christmas is all we see or hear everywhere we look.  That’s why I like to practice Advent.  Advent is the intentional time of preparing for the mystery of Christmas…"the Word became flesh and lived among us" (John 1:14).  God loves us so much that he was willing to become one of us and know exactly what it’s like to be human. God’s Kingdom on earth looked nothing like we might make it…born to a poor young woman, in a humble time and place.  We can get all caught up in what the world says Christmas should be.  Practicing Advent helps us to get caught up in what God is up to.

I would invite you to begin your Advent by spending time with this video devotion.  Go to the link and click on the player. 

http://www.thefiveloaves.com/

It’s an invitation to practice Advent and be present to God breaking into our world and our lives once again.

How do you “practice” Advent?  I’ve compiled a bunch of ideas so that you can find something that speaks to you. Advent calendars, daily email devotions, booklets and activities; there’s something for everyone.  Click here to see the page of links.  Or, maybe you’d like a little December Bingo game.  Download this game – regardless of your age or family, anyone can have a little fun with this!

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9 or 10:30 as we gather to remind one another of Jesus’ presence in our lives.

An Advent prayer from Julian of Norwich:
Let not our souls be busy inns that have no room for You or Yours,
But quiet homes of prayer and praise, where You may find fit company,
Where the needful cares of life are wisely ordered and put away,
And wide, sweet spaces kept for You;
Where holy thoughts pass up and down
And fervent longings watch and wait Your coming.

God bless you,

Vikki

Ps: Join us on December 4th at 7 pm for the first Advent midweek gathering. We’ll explore Old Testament prophecies for the birth of Jesus.


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