Welcome to Advent Reflections 2018

O Come, Herald of Joy

Advent Reflections 2018

By: Susanna M. Kawolics


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.

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 we will have the opportunity to reflect on these Bible verses before hearing them in worship.  There is also a prayer to guide each day.  By using the first person plural we, I imagine the community of people using this resource to be united in prayer.

I would welcome any of your thoughts, comments, suggestions or reflections as you journey through this Advent season.  On this website or my facebook page Advent Reflections, I welcome you to leave and view comments.

As you take time with this booklet, with these prayers, 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,



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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.





Self published

©2018 Susanna M. Kawolics

15 thoughts on “Welcome to Advent Reflections 2018

  1. Sue Mansour says:

    Thanks, Susie, for the daily reminder of what the season is truly about. Looking forward to taking the journey with you!

  2. Hal Maskiell says:

    Thank you for these reflections, Susi, and keeping us reminded of the reality of Advent and preparing us for the real joy of Christmas. You are such a gift to so many of us in so many ways.

  3. Lyn kelly says:

    Thank you for sharing this reflection and learn more abt of jesus coming!

  4. Sue O'Neill says:

    Thank you Susi for such wonderful reflections, I especially appreciated the use of the lectionaries to enable us to know & reflect on the readings for Sunday worship. I shall miss your daily prayers. May God bless you & continue to inspire you.

  5. Mary Ellen Beebe says:

    Susie you share God’s word beautifully. I look forward to sabotaging Advent with you.

  6. Laura says:

    I’m curious… Did you mean to say “celebrating”?
    Aaaah, the joys of modern technology!. 🙂

    Thank-you, Susi, for these cold season supplements for the soul. Recommended dosage: one-a-day. Repeat as needed.

  7. Sister Rita Godhino CSC says:

    Thank you for your Advent reflection. I will prepare myself to Welcome Jesus in my Heart. Many Thanks.

  8. Sister Rosina Conrotto says:

    Thank you for these reflections

  9. Bill Joyce says:

    Dear Susi:

    Re: Advent Reflection links

    I would like permission to use your website and link to the meditations in my Advent Meditations. Proper attribution will be placed in the book and all work will be sent to you for final approval.

    Please email me at bill.joyce@vismgt.com with your approval and any additional information you would like us to include.

    In anticipation I thank you for your approval
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  10. Jun Jacobe says:

    I would be very interested to follow your advent reflections

  11. Jill Koesel says:

    I Love your reflections and look forward each year to growing in faith on this reflective time with your help. Thank You ever so much!

  12. Christine Smaller says:

    Thank you Susie.. these are just what I needed. Really appreciate your creativity and talent with words.

  13. Jacqueline Betancourt says:

    how do you sign up for these reflections or do we just come to this page…??
    i am in need of some faith building and nourishment – i’m praying and hoping these reflections will help
    thank you!!!

    • Susi says:

      I don’t have a way of sending to you daily. They are all on the website. If you go to the home page and click on the dates on the side. For each of those, scroll down to the bottom and there is a link to every reflection. I also have a facebook page called “Advent Reflections” where I post, and if you “like” the page, it should turn up daily in your feed. And – I could also send you a hard copy booklet if you like. Just let me know, and I’ll send you an email asking for your address. Blessings on your Advent journey.

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