As we take the opportunity to slow down, gather our thoughts and prepare for the Christmas season, I am often drawn to the plethora of advent material that helps us to grow spiritually. Much of the material I personally engage with is based on ‘the ancient path’, monastic prayers and thoughts from the saints.
In ‘Emerging Churches’ by Bolger and Gibbs, the authors explore the idea that the future of the church lies in these ancient expressions of faith – the future runs through the past. It reminds me of the film ‘Back to the Future’ which I have chosen as today’s visual inspiration.
I wonder how many of us would do things differently if we were given the chance to change something in our past? Perhaps it is best this isn’t an option as I imagine some of the characters in the Nativity story might think twice…
Not that I’m very good at it, but it does make sense to live for the moment, not in a consumerist way but in a ‘being present’ way. To do our level best to be joyful today – not to regret the past or dread the future. Advent is a time of preparation – let’s take this opportunity to be mindful of our busyness and to remind ourselves to be present to those who matter to us most.
Most High, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me true faith, certain hope, and perfect charity, sense and knowledge, Lord, that I may carry out Your holy and true command.
Saint Francis of Assisi, “The Prayer before the Crucifix,”
Advent Action (taken from Day 1 of ‘Advent and Christmas Wisdom from St. Francis of Assisi’ Compiled by John Kruse)
We are often surrounded with much noise that drowns out the voice of God in our lives. Create an environment in which to listen to God speaking to you, so that you may better follow his will in your life. When in the car or when in your home, allow yourself a period of silence by not turning on the radio, stereo, or television.