Expectant

Advent Meditations

Anne E. Kitch

Jun/2019, 64 Pages, PAPER, 5 x 7

ISBN-13: 9781640651463

  • Author of What We Do in Advent: An Anglican Kid's Activity Book looks at Advent through adult eyes
  • Meditations for each day of Advent
  • Keyed to Daily Lectionary psalms

We don't like to wait, but the season of Advent is all about waiting—a time of expectation, when Christians have traditionally devoted themselves to practices of prayer and study.

This book offers a short meditation for each of the thirty days of the season, from the First Sunday of Advent through Christmas Day. In the spirit of expectancy, each meditation focuses on seeking and seeing God in the everyday of our ordinary lives, based on a psalm that corresponds to the daily office for the season of Advent.

Expectant: Advent Meditations is the perfect seasonal practice companion for spiritual seekers as well as devoted Christians, and ideal for church groups and congregations wishing to hand out a fresh and contemporary Advent resource to members.

Audience: Adults celebrating Advent, church groups, worship leaders, spiritual seekers

Anne E. Kitch is a priest, educator, writer, and speaker whose work is grounded in the conviction that God's grace arrives in the everyday. Kitch currently serves as the canon to the ordinary for the Diocese of Bethlehem in northeastern Pennsylvania. The author of The Anglican Family Prayer Book, Taking the Plunge: Baptism and Parenting, Preparing for Baptism in the Episcopal Church, and the popular What We Do in Church series for children, she publishes daily online meditations at sacredstumbling.blogspot.com.

 

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

In the morning Lord, you hear my voice; early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you.

Psalm 5:3

I slip my thumbnail under the flap to gently pry open today's door on my Advent calendar. It is a retro design, recalling the calendars of my childhood. A winter scene with forest creatures looking over a snow-covered village and a star shining on one particular spot in the distance. Each door reveals a tiny scene of preparation or anticipation of the celebration to come—all enhanced by a light sprinkling of glitter.

I had to hunt to find the right numbered door this morning, and in doing so remembered this as part of the ritual from my youth. How searching for the day's door carried mystery and delight. How could something so obvious and certain be hidden in plain sight?

In my journey toward Jesus, each day is a door opening to revelation, offering opportunities for the recognition of joy, divine presence, and redemption. Day by day I am reminded that revelations of the holy are hidden in plain sight. Some searching, a bit of attentiveness, a modicum of intention opens the way and the heart to sacred love.

Keywords

  • Advent
  • psalms
  • expectancy
  • Christianity
  • devotional

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