These reflections have been prepared in the hope that they enrich your Advent journey. One way to prepare our hearts and more fully experience Jesus’ coming is through deepening and growing in our relationship with God. Because God is so much greater than our minds can even begin to comprehend, we can only know God through glimpses, through reflections. That is what these are: reflections.
The idea of using images of God came to me while reading about the “O Antiphons.” These are different names and images for God, traditionally used during the last week of Advent, December 17th through 23rd. They have been part of the Christian tradition since the 7th or 8th century, and are proclaimed in the hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” I have included them on their traditional days. The other images used are my creations inspired by scripture. This year, I was also inspired by the book Why This Jubilee? Advent Reflections on Songs of the Season by James C. Howell, so I have incorporated lines from Christmas and Advent hymns into my reflections. My hope is that they will add to the richness of the prayers. For the last week of traditional “O Antiphons,” I have used the verses from the hymn O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.
The Bible verses chosen are based on the weekly Revised Common Lectionary readings for Advent and Christmas. The reflections for the Sunday readings begin on the Monday before so that you will have the opportunity to reflect on these Bible verses before hearing them in worship. There is also a prayer to guide each day.
I would welcome any of your thoughts, comments, suggestions or reflections as you journey through this Advent season. Please visit my website: www.adventreflections.org to leave and view comments.
As you take time with this booklet during the season of Advent, may your reflections deepen your relationship with God so that you may more fully experience the celebration of the coming of Christ.
In Christ’s peace,
This year’s reflection booklet is dedicated in memory of my friend, Michael Bellah.
Michael D. Bellah
4/4/1948 – 3/26/2017
With deep gratitude, I lovingly dedicate this booklet to my friend, encourager and website developer Michael Bellah. Without his advice and expertise, the www.adventreflections.org website would never have come to be.
May the hope, peace, love and joy that he brought into this world be with him and remain with him now and forevermore. Rest in peace, dear friend and gentle soul. You are missed.
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Scripture verses are quoted from An Inclusive-Language Lectionary: Readings for Year B, Copyright 1986 by Division of Education and Ministry, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
The images of God are the author’s own responses to the scripture verses, except for the traditional “O Antiphons” from December 17 through December 23. All prayerful reflections have been created by the author.
©2017 Susanna M. Kawolics