Advent has begun!
Today is the 1st Sunday of Advent! I hope you are ready to get ready! Advent literally means "come". It's all about the coming of Jesus. During Advent we focus on preparing for the coming of Christ, first in his birth and secondly when he will come again. And really, it's a time set aside to raise one's aware of all the little moments in the busyness of life when Christ comes and sits besides us, incarnate in every moment. He is the God who comes, always, already and still to come. ADVENT! I have a little book I put out last year, if you are still looking for some good Advent meditations, devotional readings and scriptures to help you focus check that out. It's created with the family in mind. Great for teens, parents and everybody in-between.
Well today is the 1st Sunday of Advent and here are some great readings I would like to share.
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (from The Book of Common Prayer :: I always just this link to check out the Collect [and we say it in church])
My family ready this Psalm around the lunch table today, PERFECT! Psalm 130 (NRSV)
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. 2 Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; 6 my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. 8 It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
TEAR OPEN THE HEAVENS, O God; we are your children who long for your coming. Sorrow, injustice, and fear surround us on every side. With our hearts on bended knee, we cry to the heavens: Come Lord, Jesus, set your people free! Free us from the snares of darkness that drive us away from you, that we may entrust ourselves to your love. In the confidence of your love, we march toward Bethlehem as our souls await the dawning of your redeeming light. Amen. - from Alive Now, Nov/Dec 2014 I got this reading form an email devotion I get from The Upper Room, Check it out! This reading reminds me of our Scripture for today, Isaiah 64:1-9 — they start off the same!
I look forward to this Advent journey. I would love to hear about what you are ready, watching, looking at during this Advent season.
Grace and peace