Waiting, looking for hope

Advent greetings friends,

It’s been a long time since I’ve written.  Lots and lots going on including selling my house (not for the faint of heart!).

Advent this year finds us standing in difficult and unsure times.  As I write this, I’m listening to a podcast from the new Facebook group Make Advent Great Again.  (Yes, that name is intentional.)

Make Advent Great Again

Folks are gathering in that group from around the world, all of us seeking community as we strive to keep Advent.  The podcast is offering suggestions for staying grounded in the divine as we journey to Bethlehem, albeit in our 21st-century context.  It’s also exploring Advent texts and concepts via questions submitted by group members to the moderators.

The moderators are John Pavlovitz, pastor and author of A Bigger Table, Tripp Fuller of HomeBrewed Christianity, and Mike Morell, co-author with Fr. Richard Rohr of The Divine Dance.  Yeah, they need a female voice.  Next year?

As I’ve been revising my resume, searching for a call, I’ve decided to do additional reflections that will be made available to congregations.  The first question in that set of reflections asks what you do to prepare for your ministry each day.  And so through this Advent season, I want to offer suggestions of places and practices that have offered me good and healthy space for preparation to enter daily into both the pain and the hope of this world.

And each week, I’ll also supply a link to the Advent meditations I created a few years ago.

Today, I offer to you an app that I learned about from Bp. Jim Hazelwood of the ELCA New England Synod, called Headspace.  Here is the website, with links to download the app:  Headspace

It’s free and offers lots of meditations for a variety of time slots and situations.  I participated in one 10-minute time with other church leaders at a conference and found it to be a great tool.

For the first week in Advent, here is my Advent Meditation #1:  Among the Poor

May your Advent journey be one of peace, prayer, and promise.

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