An Advent Eve thought

335/365 O come, O come, EmmanuelSo. Advent is upon us again. And I find myself signed up to the Advent Book Club again.

Last year, Pam suggested on Twitter that a few of us might read a book together for Advent. A few of us read Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Henri J. M. Nouwen: Daily Scripture and Prayers Together with Nouwen’s Own Words. Reading with others meant I got to read their thoughts – which were often far more enlightening than my own – and also forced me to stick at it. It definitely made for a calmer, more prayerful approach to Advent – forcing me to take time each day to read something, pray about it, and write about it.

 

Beginnings and EndingsThis year the Advent Book Club is back. Bigger, better and more organised! We’re reading Beginnings and Endings (and what happens in between) by Maggi Dawn.

  • If you’d like to read along with us, click on the title or the picture of the cover to the right to purchase a PDF copy – or order from your regular bookshop.
  • There’s no need to think that because you don’t have the book you can’t join in though – some of us will be blogging (hopefully daily) – others sharing on the Facebook page – and others tweeting – most probably with the hashtag #adventbookclub.

Above all, I pray that whether you dip in once or join in every day, the Advent Book Club gives you each a glimpse of what Advent is about and makes that big celebration at the end that bit more special and meaningful. As it’s the last day of the Church’s year, it’s the last day for this collect:

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

May God stir up in you something of Advent as you come with us for the journey.

מרנא תא – Maranatha – Come, Lord Jesus.