Thursday, November 30, 2006

Advent B

I am really liking my pre-Advent Advent. I have a bright and shiny new journal (the kind you write in with a pen LOL!) and I have a candle on my desk and it's dark when I get up in the morning, so I have a lovely space and time before the day takes over.

And the
Ephesians readings this week are perfect. Never in a million years would I have chosen Ephesians for the week before Advent, but I am completely absorbed by the wideness and wildness of their call. We squabble with such smallness in the church ~ when we are urged to a faith of such abundance.

There's some good online stuff available for Advent, most of which I have found via the
Presby bloggers site . I already love the Creighton Praying Advent site (Jesuits, of course) and I'm looking forward to reliving Iona via the Celtic and Nature Advent Calendar, which apparently won't open until Sunday ~ some folks just can't get into the pre-Advent Advent spirit. And today I bought a King's College Choir Lessons and Carols CD, which I guess is more Christmas than Advent, but I'm obviously working on avoiding rigidity.

The end of my teaching day was focused on the First Crusade ~ but in my interior world the focus was on the abundance reflected by the lights of Chanukah and Christmas, rather than the violence that persists in their wake. Wisdom and revelation.


Kathryn said...

I visit an Irish Jesuit site called Sacred Space more or less daily but I'm committed to it this Advent. Our church had an Advent Festival on Monday so I'm with you on pre-Advent.

A few churches ago, the candle and prayer or journal part of the morning was suggested. I've thought of doing it but haven't yet. I hope it goes well for you.

Cynthia said...

I keep a candle on my desk, and part of my morning routine is to light it as I begin my morning prayers and offline writing. It contributes much to my favorite part of the day.