The season of Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation. We prepare our lives to receive God: in the reality of the incarnation, in this present moment, and in the age to come. In our Advent series, we will explore how God comes into the lives of various people in the story, and we will prepare ourselves to encounter God in similar ways in our lives today. I am really excited about how this series has come together, and I cannot wait to engage this holy season with you. 

This week, Deirdré guided our exploration of Elizabeth’s role in the story and invited us to encounter God’s gaze of kindness in our shame.

Kingdom Practices
This week, we encourage you to linger with the kindness of God. Did you encounter God in this week’s practice? If so, continue to recall your experience. Return to it throughout the week, and allow yourself to ponder it. If you struggled to encounter God in the practice, we encourage you to pay attention to how God might meet you with kindness in your shame this Advent season.

You can find the Order of Practice here.

Additional Resources

The Gift of Christmas Present by Keri Wyatt Kent
Touching Wonder by John Blase
The Advent of the Lamb of God by Russ Ramsey
Watch for the Light a collection of Advent and Christmas readings
Good Dirt by Lacy Finn Borgo
Honest Advent by Scott Erickson
Preparing for Jesus by Walter Wangerin Jr.
The Anticipated Christ by Brian Zahnd


If you have a story to share about how you have been encountering God in this season, we would love to hear it

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