Sunday to Monday / Advent Begins

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn. -- Henry David Thoreau

Give us grace, that we may cast off the works of darkness and put upon us the armor of light. -- An ancient Advent prayer

Sunday was the beginning of Advent - the 4 week season leading up to Christmas on the Church calendar. "Christmas" doesn't actually begin until Christmas Eve and lasts for 12 days, til Jan 6. Advent means "coming" and it's an opportunity for us to reflect on our continued need for a Savior. Jesus has come ALREADY but has NOT YET come again. 

We can be alert for signs of Jesus coming into our world, but not if we're too caught up simply fulfilling the demands of the season. Advent can help us see beyond our present (and beyond the presents). It is our calling as Jesus-followers to look for hope. And, we can be those who bring hope and Jesus into the world. 

Advent invites us into the practice of waiting. When we're caught in traffic or in a long line, instead of getting angry we can recognize that God is gifting us with a little time to stop and reflect (something we were hoping for.) May God break into our busyness and help us to shine. 

Click here for photos from Sunday morning. See below for Advent links and resources. Mark Wednesday, December 9th on your calendar for an Advent supper and gathering. 

Let's wait together to see God revealed "Someday at Christmas." 

Thoughts for your Advent moments of grace: 

  • How do you deal with having to wait? How could you see waiting as a spiritual practice?
  • How might you celebrate the season of Advent before you celebrate Christmas? (see links below for ideas)
  • Looking ahead to next week: How do you fee about the future?



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