This year I will actually spend a portion of the Advent season in Israel and more specifically a day in Bethlehem. I am especially looking forward to that moment. I realize there is nothing similar about modern Bethlehem to Mary and Josephs visit but it will be neat to think about Micah 5:2-5 while there. I plan on blogging a little of my travels even if they are only a few simple sentences. So if you interested check back often the second week of Advent to follow the journey with me.
There is something different about this year that a friend pointed out to me. This will be the first time in a decade when I am not on a church staff walking with a congregation through Advent. This season is filled with special events, musicals, and celebrations in the life of a church. My new role allows me to engage it differently for the first time in a while. He encourage me to engage in renewing activities with family and friends. I plan on doing my best to apply his advice for there are few "down times" in the ministry setting I am now in.
If you are looking for some Advent advice or would like to learn what it is all about use some of the links below. Blessings.
- Mark Roberts has a good blog post on Advent. It covers all the reasons he enjoys it and what it is all about.
- Dennis Bracher from Christian Resource Network provides another basic overview of Advent.
- Textweek.com is always a great resource for those who desire to follow the Revised Common Lectionary.
- If you enjoy daily devotionals here is one that follows the RCL
- Ministry Matters has 1,100 different videos, illustrations, worship resources, and other things all centered around Advent.