Advent

Rose Marie Berger 12-19-2007

During Advent, as I kindle the wreath candles that mark the journey to the Bethlehem stable, I return to particular writers that I love and certain music that I can't seem to get through the seasons without. I have Advent habits.


For instance, I often re-read W.H. Auden's For the Time Being. In one portion King Herod weighs the threat to publiic order posed by the birth of the Christ child. Is the collatoral damage of murdering the male children justified in order to maintain [...]

Shane Claiborne 12-11-2007

A few years ago I remember a pastor friend telling me they tried something a little different for their Christmas services. Instead of the usual holiday décor and clutter of the sanctuary, they brought in a bunch of manure and hay and scattered it under the pews so the place would really smell like the stank manger where it all began. I remember laughing hysterically as he described everyone coming [...]

Amy Ard 12-04-2007

As a child I found no joy in an Advent calendar; all those little flaps and doors and bite-size pieces of chocolate signified nothing more than the fact that Christmas was still a really, really long time away. Especially as I got down to the last few doors, just a few days before the big event, time seemed to take on a pace as slow as molasses sucked through a straw. Admittedly, the coming of the [...]

Rose Marie Berger 12-01-2006

What habits do you have that generate hope?

Andrew Hoeksema 12-01-2005
Why blessed uncertainty is the language of Advent.
Molly Marsh 11-01-2002

Advent is the time in our church calendar that redirects us toward our source of sustenance, the hope that God will come, and the promise that God is with us now and forever.

Rose Marie Berger 11-01-2001

This is to all who serve on the human front, wearing any mask that will get you home. A word: While we are all dying to get out, there is one who died to get in.

Julie Polter 11-01-2000

I confess: I was a catalog girl who grew up to be a catalog woman.

Julie Polter 11-01-1998
Advent, incarnation, and the daily news.
Joyce Hollyday 12-01-1988

Jesus was too young to understand the excitement that attended his birth.

Conrad Hoover 12-01-1987
Meditations for Advent
Joe Roos 12-01-1985

The week between Christmas and New Year's is usually quiet around Sojourners Community.

Joe Roos 12-01-1982

Last year Advent was a very special time for me. A child taught me, in a way only a child can, something precious, something true about the birth we all await.

Robert Coles 11-01-1982

Meditations for Advent.

Henri Nouwen 6-01-1981

Downward mobility as Christian vocation

Richard Rohr 12-01-1979

Meditations for Advent

Richard Rohr 11-01-1979

Meditations for Advent

Conrad Hoover 12-01-1978

The concluding meditations for Advent.

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