The days are getting shorter in the Northern Hemisphere and the darkness of night falls upon us earlier and earlier every day. Like this quickening darkness of the night, the Advent season pertinently acknowledges the reality of this deepening darkness within ourselves and our need for light in this world. It is no coincidence that our savior comes to us in the darkest of night. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1:5)
– Charles Jenkins is a seminarian at the University of the South, Sewanee
So much in our lives can seem out of focus, like a hastily taken photograph, the image is familiar but difficult to make out – maybe we are taking photos of the wrong things to begin with. In this season of Advent, Jesus calls us not to be weighed down with the blurriness of this life, but to look deeper, sharpening the image that we long to see clearly and refocusing on the actions of God in our daily lives.
– Christian Basel is a seminarian at Virginia Theological Seminary
At Compline we pray ‘that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.’ Advent encourages us to see life as a watch we keep with Jesus at our side, awake and alert and ready. Lord, help me learn to keep this watch patiently and faithfully with you. Keep me awake. Help me learn to scan the horizon with your loving gaze and your limitless trust that God is with us.
– Holly Votaw is Director of Communications for The Episcopal Church in South Carolina.
A journey is your life. Your life is a pilgrimage – a procession and progression deep into the heart of God. To journey is to explore, to be open to life and love. The journey of Advent is a journey into hope. What is your holy hope this year? During these journey days of Advent may you be filled with the hope of Christ as you make room to receive him anew.
– The Venerable Calhoun Walpole is Archdeacon of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina and Vicar and Subdean of Grace Church Cathedral.
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina is participating in the #AdventWord project, helping to create a global Advent Calendar of images and words from all over the Anglican Communion.
Each day during Advent, December 2-25, you'll see an image and brief meditation based on the "Advent Word" for the day (the whole list is above).
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We're sharing a new word each day from December 2-25, 2018, with meditations and images from people around our diocese.