Advent is the season of waiting for the coming of Christ into the world. It's the only season in the church that we focus on two events--Christ's first coming into the world in human flesh as a vulnerable infant and Christ's second coming to restore all creation to its original goodness. We celebrate the first coming and keep awake and alert for the second coming. The daily Advent devotions in this space, beginning on Sunday November 29, train us to be alert and prepare us to celebrate with joy the birth of our Lord.
Devotions will be posted each day from Nov 29 until Christmas day. Join me in praying with Scripture, exercising your heart and your mind. My prayer is that you will experience your own encounter with the Living God in Christ Jesus. For this reason, I have formatted the devotions to help you prayerfully reflect on the Scripture passage. There are 6 movements in each devotion, beginning with space to silently prepare your heart and mind to listen attentively, and ending with a reminder to go out and live the Word. Follow the format if you find it helpful.
I am convinced that reading the Christian Bible is essential for our Christian spiritual nourishment. I speak from experience, over 60 years of experience. I also believe we'll never get bored reading the Bible over and over. Each time I read it, I learn something new. Read with me during Advent and learn to wait for Christ with heart and mind alert for his coming. The readings draw on my background of study and teaching the Bible for over 30 years.