Welcome to Advent Reflections 2019

O Come, Dawn of Hope

Advent Reflections 2019

By: Susanna M. Kawolics

This year as I write these Advent reflections, I am inspired by Marcia McFee, creator of the Worship Design Studio. She says, We Christians believe in “folly”—that there is peace, love, joy and hope in the midst of the good and difficult times. This makes us “odd”—according to those who proclaim the victory of decline and death all around. It is especially in this season of expectant hope that we can instead proclaim the awe-inspiring presence of God’s reign that continually makes all things new. (http://www.worshipdesignstudio.com) She goes on to say that we believe in hope in the midst of hopelessness, peace in the midst of conflict, joy in the midst of despair, and love in the midst of hate.

This Advent season, my hope is that these reflections, along with some weekly prayer practices, will help prepare our hearts to receive the one who comes to make all things new.  We believe in Jesus as the precious child of God who embodies God’s hope, peace, joy and love for this world.  This is a time that invites us to prepare our hearts for Jesus as we prayerfully come to a fuller understanding of who he is, and as such, come to a deeper understanding of 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 names for God and prayers are: reflections.  They are inspired initially by the traditional “O Antiphons,” different names and images for God 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 in this booklet on their traditional days. The other images used are my creations inspired by scripture.

The Bible verses used have been chosen based on the weekly Revised Common Lectionary readings for Advent and Christmas, Year A.  The reflections for the Sunday readings begin on the Monday before so that we will have the opportunity to reflect on these Bible passages before hearing them in worship.  There is also a prayer to guide each day, and a suggested spiritual practice for each week.

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.  Please leave and view comments on this website as you wish. I also have a facebook page which you may like to receive these reflections daily: AdventReflections

As we take time with this booklet during the season of Advent, may our reflections and prayer practices deepen our relationship with God so that we may more fully experience the celebration of the coming of Christ.

In Christ’s peace,

 

 

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Scripture verses are quoted from The New Testament and Psalms, An Inclusive Version, copyright 1995 by Oxford University Press, NY.

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©2019 Susanna M. Kawolics

17 thoughts on “Welcome to Advent Reflections 2019

  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
    Bill
    vmPublishing LLC
    a division of Vision Management
    a CrowdCreative Company
    http://vismgt.com/vmpublishing/
    817-355-1816
    bill.joyce@vismgt.com

  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.

  14. Caroline says:

    Thank you for these reflections. How does one celebrate Christmas when one if grieving the death of a loved one? Figuring this one out.

    • Susi says:

      I am so sorry. Truly a hard journey. Is there a Blue Christmas / Longest Night / Service of Solace nearby you could go to? Also, I hope you have some support as you journey through the darkness.
      I am leading a Service of Solace where I will reference Barbara Brown Taylor’s book “Learning to Walk in the Dark.” I find that book helpful.
      Holding you in prayers as you grieve, especially with the holidays coming up.
      Peace,
      Susi

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