Advent Daybook, 8: Messenger

Advent Daybook, 8: Messenger

An Advent daybook for these 24 days of prayerful expectation. Join me, won't you?

For an introduction read this post: Advent Daybook explained. You can see previous Advent daybook 2018 posts here.

Look: Piero di Cosimo (Piero di Lorenzo di Piero d'Antonio), The Young Saint John the Baptist, 1480

Listen: "Prepare the Way” from 30 Songs of Contemplative Worship, Simply Taizé

Read: Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:67-79, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6

Pray: “Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.” (Book of Common Prayer, Collect for Second Sunday of Advent)

Do: Attend a live performance or listen to a quality recording of Handel’s Messiah.

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Advent Daybook, 7: Remaining In Zion

Advent Daybook, 7: Remaining In Zion

An Advent daybook for these 24 days of prayerful expectation. Join me, won't you?

For an introduction read this post: Advent Daybook explained. You can see previous Advent daybook 2018 posts here.

Look: Meg Hitchcock, Shema - Letters cut from the Koran, 2014 (source)

Listen: "Mt. Zion” from Live At Home, Cageless Birds (feat. Jonathan David Helser)

Read: Psalm 116-117, Isaiah 4:2–6, 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18, Luke 21:5–19

Pray: from Inscriptions, 16: "The lamps are burning in the synagogue", Charles Reznikoff

Do: Spend 10 minutes quietly observing the night sky.

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Advent Daybook, 6: My God, My God

Advent Daybook, 6: My God, My God

An Advent daybook for these 24 days of prayerful expectation. Join me, won't you?

For an introduction read this post: Advent Daybook explained. You can see previous Advent daybook 2018 posts here.

Look: A Senegalese woman kneels in front of a grave, 2017 (source)

Listen: “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People ” from Advent & Christmas 2015, The Many

Read: Psalm 22, Isaiah 3:8–15, 1 Thessalonians 4:1–12, Luke 20:41—21:4

Pray: "Lord our God, Almighty Father in heaven, we stand before you as your children, whom you want to protect through the need of our time, through all sin and death. We praise you for giving us so much peace in an age full of trouble, and for granting us the assurance of your help. Even when we suffer, we do not want to remain in the darkness of suffering but want to rise up to praise and glorify you. For your kingdom is coming; it is already at hand. Your kingdom comforts and helps us and points the way for the whole world, that your will may be done on earth as in heaven. Amen.” (source)

Do: Find joy in giving a simple gift to a friend or stranger you’d like to bless.

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Advent Daybook, 5: Day of the Lord

Advent Daybook, 5: Day of the Lord

An Advent daybook for these 24 days of prayerful expectation. Join me, won't you?

For an introduction read this post: Advent Daybook explained. You can see previous Advent daybook 2018 posts here.

Look: Angel of the Revelation, Vladimir Suchanek (source)

Listen: "Behold the Mountain of the Lord” from Very God, Godfrey Birtill

Read: Psalm 18, Isaiah 2:12–22, 1 Thessalonians 3:1–13, Luke 20:27–40

Pray: "Dear Father in heaven, we rejoice that you are our Father. We rejoice that you rule and guide each of us so that our path in life leads to what is good and genuine and we do not get stuck in this or that concern. Lead us, renew us, and again and again free us to go forward, finding new courage and joy for ourselves and for our fellowmen. Then we can praise you, your strength and power can be revealed to us, your heaven come down to earth, and your will be done on earth. Here on earth your help shall come to the poor, the weak, the lowly, the sick, and the suffering. May your name be praised! We rejoice in your name. Amen.” (source)

Do: Today is the Feast Day of Nichols, the Bishop of Myra! Give thanks for the life of the real Saint Nick today.

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Advent Daybook, 4: Savior of the Nations Come

Advent Daybook, 4: Savior of the Nations Come

An Advent daybook for these 24 days of prayerful expectation. Join me, won't you?

For an introduction read this post: Advent Daybook explained. You can see previous Advent daybook 2018 posts here.

Look: Love One Another, Laura James (source)

Listen: "Savior of the Nations Come” from Advent No. 2, Holy City Hymns

Read: Psalm 12, 13, 14, Isaiah 2:1–11, 1 Thessalonians 2:13–20, Luke 20:19–26

Pray: On Thursdays through Advent we’ll practice a 5-minute contemplative prayer method adapted from Joshua Banner’s booklet “40 Ways To Spend 5 Minutes With God”.

Do: Re-write Psalm 13:5-6 in your own words to pray throughout the day.

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