Cultivating Presence This Advent
This collection of Advent devotions and reflections comes from Portico Health Benefit Services.
Though deemed the “most wonderful time of the year,” this season can be hectic and overwhelming with additional worship services, countless holiday gatherings, and a range of emotions to navigate. Portico and Deacon Tammy Devine have designed a resource to help you alleviate some stressors and focus on what matters — so you can open your hearts to the coming light of Christ Jesus.
Our “Gift of Presence” activity includes weekly devotions and simple daily prompts crafted to help you re-frame your mindset and be more fully present for the joys of this season.
Make ready. John the Baptist cried, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near … Prepare the way of the Lord …” Now is the time to turn around, away from darkness and brokenness, toward light and wholeness...
Changing your direction ever so slightly can offer you an entirely new perspective. To name and claim the change you desire:
· Identify and take the first step.
· Where do you seek to turn from your ways? What support do you need?
· As you practice presence — what are you noticing?
With a candle lit, pray these words:
(ELW 255 There’s a Voice in the Wilderness)
There’s a voice in the wilderness crying, a call from the ways untrod:
Prepare in the desert a highway, a highway for our God!
The valleys shall be exalted, the lofty hill brought low;
make straight all the crooked places where God, our God may go!
But the word of our Savior is faithful.
The arm of our God is strong,
who stands in the midst of the nations and soon will right the wrong?
Lord feed your flock like a shepherd; the lambs so gently hold;
in pastures of peace now lead them and bring them to your fold.