An important part of the spiritual life is to keep longing, waiting, hoping, expecting. In the long run, some voluntary penance becomes necessary to help us remember that we are not yet fulfilled. A good criticism, a frustrating day, an empty stomach, or tired eyes might help to awaken our expectation and deepen our prayer:
Come, Lord Jesus, come.
-Henri Nouwen, The Genesee Diary
It feels fitting to return to this little space as we approach the new church year. Advent begins this weekend, and we will celebrate with a New Year – Autumn – Friendsgiving party! Surely there’s a birthday to celebrate too, right?
This morning I climbed up to the tippy top bookshelf where we keep our seasonal books. We’ve enjoyed these books in Advent seasons past. (Click the cover image to view on Amazon)
**Sacred Space for Advent and Christmas is sold out, but Sacred Space 2017 would make a great Christmas gift!
I have my eye on these other options for this year, but may just end up using an old faithful. Open to suggestions!
Also, enjoy my Advent playlist on Spotify!