Here are a few Advent links:
And daily reading/prayer/liturgy: (don't wig- I love a good,biblical,liturgical reading and response, be it Catholic,Lutheran, or Presby.)
I usually start several and then settle into one. I love to read old prayers and writings during this time of year. Advent helps to anchor my soul to my Hope, Jesus who came and will come again. I can get caught up in the stuff of the season; the baking, the decorating, the wrapping, the giving- yep, even in Honduras. That brings me to why I love advent readings; I sit and focus on my Lord, nothing else is distracting. It is communion time. I come to His Word and I expect to be fed, I expect to be awestriken, I expect to see His heart, I expect to have a mystery opened up to me, I expect to be pulled closer to my God. In advent there is such anticipation.
So I may daily share a little of that.
Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent. I read in Micah. This one got me, Micah 7:7. "But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me." How beautiful, how true. I am waiting. And this verse just brought such peace and calm to the wait. Others have waited for Him, maybe for His coming or on an answer to a prayer. But others have waited, and still more wait. So I will watch expectantly in my waiting because my God will hear me.
Today I continued on in Micah. Micah 7:18 says, "Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in unchanging love." Again, He delights in unchanging love. He loves loving. He delights in the love. And the love has always been and will always be unchanging. Nothing about Him has changed. He has aways been love. He always had a life with us on His heart. He delights in unchanging love. Many have waited to see that love made manifest in a human form, Jesus. Maybe they waited and in the wait the substance of what they thought he would be changed. But He didn't.
Oh I pray to wait well. He has always been our Way. And so we wait in hope for His return. Others have waited. Let my wait be with a heart turned to the truth of who He really is.
Day 1: He is my calm in the wait.
Day 2: He delights in unchanging love.
I pray that this season will be one of great anticipation and truth for you,