An embodied Advent invites us to live the experience of this season fully, with our whole selves, right here and right now as we await the Christ child. For many of us, it is challenging to embrace this concept. The world pulls us away from the joy of being present in our bodies and gives us expectations of what our bodies should be, how they should perform, and what they should look like. We forget that our bodies are blessed and consecrated. God did not create the body to bring us doubt or shame. … Instead, God created us as living and breathing human beings who have the ability to live as whole persons—body and spirit together.
—Whitney R. Simpson, Fully Human, Fully Divine: An Advent Devotional for the Whole Self (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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God created humanity in God’s own image,
in the divine image God created them,
male and female God created them.
—Genesis 1:27 (CEB)
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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