Advent means “coming or arriving.” It is a season of expectation, anticipation and preparation. Over the next 4 weeks you’ll received a daily Advent devotion. We’d like to invite you to create a simple Advent ritual by first finding a scared space within your home (for Bruce it’s his thinking chair, a place to go to be still; for Karen it is the comfy chair in the living room looking out the front window.) Find the place where you can sense connectedness and let it become a space that will nurture your being. Have your Bible handy because some of the readings are a little long and don’t fit easily into the email format.  We invite you to light a candle, sit quietly and breathe a bit to settle your soul. Before reading the text, begin with this prayer. “Holy God, speak to all that keeps me from listening.  Speak to me a message of hope, joy and peace.  Speak to me of the love and faith that always sustains. I sit expectant to hear. Word of God, speak.  Amen.  After the prayer, read the text once or even a couple of times and let it settle in you.
The words in the last part Luke 1:20 read, “until the day these things occur”. These things refer to Elizabeth’s conception, her 5 months of retreat into holiness (seclusion) preparing herself to receive the blessing that God promised — the birth of their son John. That is how long Zechariah remained silent. The length of time, measured in days or months is not as significant as the prolongation of silence he experienced.  It’s seems a long time to be silent and I wonder in his silence what he heard.  Could it be that when there are no priestly pronouncements or words of blessing, when there are no words to be heard, we listen differently?   We invite you to listen to Zechariah’s silence.
Dear friends, Advent is a rich time of listening and deep reflection, of passionate hope and the anticipation that God is about to do a new thing, being present with us in our human lives in ways we can only begin to imagine.  It is a season of shadows and of light, of roads toward endings and roads toward new beginnings.   It is a season to be silent and to listen…

Scripture Reading: Luke 1:5-24

Reflection Question:
What did you hear in the scripture reading?
What helps you move into being silent?
What new thing is God doing in you?

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