The waiting during Advent is a gift we are not to miss, and the best way to avoid missing it is to be present and embody it. To sense it, to live it, to feel it! We can prepare to receive God’s gift of Christ with our whole selves as we wait with God for Christmas. …
Advent prepares us to receive God’s divine gift fully. Are you ready to wait with anticipation as you prepare yourself for Christ this Advent season?
—Whitney R. Simpson, Fully Human, Fully Divine: An Advent Devotional for the Whole Self (Upper Room Books, 2022)
What will you do this Advent to prepare yourself to receive the gift of Christ? Join the conversation.
But it is for you, O Lord, that I wait;
it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
—Psalm 38:15 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Creator God, thank you for creating my whole self. Help me
to continue to slow down and hope, be mindful and present,
and use my body to draw closer to you on the journey this
Advent. Make me a wise one who seeks you always. Amen.
Prayer by Whitney R. Simpson
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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