Advent is a sacred season of preparation for Christians, a time of expectant waiting in preparation for the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. John the Baptist, a voice crying in the wilderness, called the people to return to God in faithfulness, to be ready to receive the gift of God in Jesus.
For us as faithful Christians, the sacred season of Advent invites as the beginning of a new liturgical year, a new cycle of reflecting on our lives in light of the ancient stories that illuminate and nourish our journeys of faith in Christ. The past year we have witnessed tragedy and sorrow in natural disasters and heart-wrenching acts of violence. We have found ourselves living in a wilderness season, a time to stop and listen for God’s call for us anew at home, in the church and for the world.
I invite you to join me in the Colorado high country to walk the wilderness path with God during our diocesan Advent retreat at Cathedral Ridge December 7–9, a time of prayerful reflection where we will engage in a range of spiritual practices, including Lectio Divina (Holy Reading of scripture), journaling, group reflection and sharing, and time for contemplation and rest. Click here to register by November 23.
Even if you are not attending the Advent retreat, however, we can all listen for God’s call to each of us to renew our faith and recommit our lives as we prepare for Christmas. Look for opportunities around St. Luke’s this season.
May this Advent be a season for us to hear God’s call in the wilderness.