★★★★★ In 10 weeks we celebrate Christmas. That blows my mind! I found a great link for Christmas preparation - how to sort out the presents, the hospitality, the baking ... all the chores. And I felt overwhelmed. I'm not sure I'm ready this year (already).
Then this book came across my desk = spiritual preparation for the holy day when we celebrate God's gift to the world, his Son Jesus.
Seven authors from various Christian traditions participate in God with Us: Beth Bevis, Scott Cairns, Emilie Griffin, Richard John Neuhaus, Kathleen Norris, Eugene Peterson, and Luci Shaw. Over the 4 weeks of Advent (Christmas preparation) and Epiphany (the 10 days after Christmas), the readings include:
- historical events and explanations of customs in the Christian church
- daily scripture passages for reflection
- a short meditation
- a prayer of acknowledgement or petition
Whether or not you are accustomed to a formal Advent and Epiphany observance,
whether or not you have a Christian background,
whether or not you know much about Christmas ...
you'll learn and grow by exploring the rhythm of this season. If you are from a non-Christian tradition, you'll understand why this is one of the most precious times of the year for Christians.
Breathe in fresh spiritual air.
Make time for the lovely pauses offered.
And experience the joy and peacefulness that Christmas represents.
I recommend it for those who know a lot about Christmas and those who are curious or exploring Christian traditions.