This is what I like about Advent: When everything around you is saying "Hurry up!" "Buy this!" "Make that!" the Church invites us to slow down, light a candle or two (or four!), and contemplate one of the great mysteries of our faith. God loves us! God loves us so much, in fact, that God was humble enough to become human! In the next couple of weeks, I'll share some of the work we do with the children during the season of Advent. But I wanted to take a few moments to encourage you to observe Advent at home.
There are many resources available for observing Advent, in stores and on the web. If you haven't already, go to Church and check out the table in the Great Hall - there are some wonderful meditation and activity booklets for adults, children and families. We also have frames and candles available so that you can create an Advent wreath for your home.
|Our Advent wreath at Church.
There are two handouts on the table at Church with suggestions and prayers for using an Advent wreath if you need some direction or inspiration. Take a little time this Advent to think through your Christmas priorities - check out this thought provoking video from Advent Conspiracy. Also, explore these great links from Sharon Ely Pearson, Christian Formation Specialist at Church Publishing Incorporated: Resources for Advent and Christmas offers lots of of ideas for planning Advent at home and Online Advent Meditations lists great sites to use for prayer during this Holy season.
Peace and blessings to you this Advent!