This coming Sunday is the start of Advent – the time of preparation for the Christmas celebration of Jesus’ birth.
This is time of ‘waiting and watching’ but also seeking hope in the face of suffering.
Here are some links, resources and services for Advent that you might find useful, or prompt you to find something else that will work for you.
If you would like daily reflections on Advent themes check out:
- Richard Rohr’s Center for Contemplation and Action
- The World Community for Christian Meditation encourages Centering Prayer. Subscribe at ‘Support for your practice’ at the foot of the linked page.
- The Evangelical, student inspired, international 24/7Prayer community is committed to action for justice. They are offering a series of pod-casts for Advent.
- AdventWord is produced by Virginia Theological Seminary and the Anglican Communion Office. Sign up or follow @adventword or search on Face-book.
For a longer read
The Advent season also invites us to reflect on the themes of death, judgment and the end of the world.
This can be a less traveled part of the Advent season. But these themes can also be an entry point to the depth of God’s love in a world containing far too much suffering and conflict.
I recently came across a great sermon on these less comfortable Advent themes by Rev’d Lucy Winkett, Vicar of St James’ Piccadilly.
You can find the full text here but this is foretaste…
‘all this Advent spirituality is as far away from the tinsel-covered Christmas commercialism as you can get. It is choosing to hope in the darkness of not knowing. It is revolutionary patience,stubborn hope that will not ignore the suffering of the world but acknowledges that somewhere, even now, the war is over, and the uncovering of things is upon us, beside us, within us.’
best wishes for reflective prayerful Advent.