New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

The Wondrous Mystery

An Upper Room Advent Reader

Compiled by Benjamin Howard • September 2019

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During Advent we think about a wondrous mystery: that God chose to become human and lived among us. The Savior of the world was born a vulnerable child. The king who will rule all of creation was laid in a humble manger. The Wondrous Mystery invites readers to reflect on several paradoxes that make up the Advent season: light and darkness, peace and strife, solitude and community, simplicity and complexity.

This daily Advent reader incorporates meditations from Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life. Writers include Barbara Brown Taylor, Henri J. M. Nouwen, Sue Monk Kidd, Wendell Berry, Wendy M. Wright, and other voices from Weavings, contained the teachings and perspectives of some of the finest theologians and teachers of Christian spiritual formation.

This book may be used by individuals or groups. Groups can use the reflection questions for discussion and talk about the meditations they found most meaningful for that week.

Compiler Ben Howard writes, "The glory of the Advent season is that it's irrational. It shows us a glimpse of the way that God turns the world and our expectations upside down. . . In a season filled with the longest, darkest nights, we are told to wait for the coming of the most beautiful light."

Categories: Advent, Devotional
Benjamin Howard is a writer and editor in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds a Master of Theological Studies from Lipscomb University.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1889-6

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1891-9

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1892-6

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: September 2019

Trim Size: 5 in (w) x 7 in (h) x 0.1533 in (d)

Page Count: 72

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Holidays / Christmas & Advent

BISAC1: REL034020

BISAC2: REL012020

BISAC3: REL012120