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December 17/ January 18 Tidings

posted Nov 30, 2017, 10:22 AM by Kate Fields
Grateful to Creighton University’s “Beginning Advent” for the following:

“Many of us are in an ideal place to begin Advent, but we don’t know it. It can be tempting to think that, because we are struggling these days, we can’t enter into Advent without a big change in our mood or without distancing ourselves from our real experience. Nothing could be further from the truth. Advent is about letting God come to us. We do the letting and God does the coming. And, the whole mystery of our faith is that God is not reluctant to come into an unusual relationship (like Mary and Joseph’s) or to be born in the poverty of a makeshift stable.

How can we have hope and expect God will come to us? The [scripture] readings of Advent open up a whole series of promises, full of powerful images, that keep reminding us that our God will come to save us. They free our imaginations to see and experience that coming with drama and joy… They invite us to imagine when “a time will come for singing.” They give us the opportunity to hope beyond our wildest hopes in the past – “the lion will lie down with the lamb” and “they will prepare for war no more.” They open our hearts to imagine the love of our God embracing us in the coming of one like us, who knows our life and its struggles and offers us the hope of the Spirits presence with us every day, in every moment.
What are the key first steps to enter into Advent? We can all slow down. We can all breathe more deeply. We can all begin to trust that this will be a blessed time. Then, when we let ourselves be who we are, and hear the Scriptures, we can begin to quietly pray, “Come, Lord, Jesus.” We might expand that prayer, in quiet moments of our days ahead, “Come into my life. I trust You don’t mind if it is still messy. I believe You love me, because I need Your love. I don’t fear You can’t find the way to my heart. Come and fill me with peace and the love only You can give.”1

As Advent begins, join us at Underwood for each Sunday worship. Music from the Taize tradition, prayer, and scripture meditations will be guiding us through each worship. Come so that we may wait and long together for the Christ child to be born.

PK

 1 Creighton University Online Ministry of Jesuits, “What Am I Experiencing in My Life As Advent Begins,” December 2017, Retrieved from <http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Advent/beginning-Advent.html>.
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