Advent is a season that speaks softly to me, encouraging me to listen, observe, and reflect in quietness. My daily ritual is to light a candle in the darkness of each Advent morning, read aloud a poem or quotation, then sit quietly.
From November 28-December 24 , I will share a piece of writing that I have collected or written, which resonates with my own spiritual journey at this time of year. I hope that their words may be resources for your Advent practices. If you have Advent rituals and/or writing to add, I encourage you to leave them in the comments section for the rest of us to read.
Peace in this time of waiting and discovery.

Friday, December 10, 2010


The blessing of God
who has promised
to come into our lives
be with you today.

The blessing of God,
whose breath brings new beginnings,
send you forth into the world
to create a new day for the good of all.  Amen

-- stanzas 1 and 3 of a blessing given at the close of an advent service at Trinity Epsicopal Church, Santa Barbara, California
from Nora Gallagher's book, Things Seen and Unseen, A Year Lived in Faith, p. 17-18.

                       "Apollo Sunrise," taken by crew of Apollo 12 as the sun was
                              emerging from behind the earth, November 1969

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