The season of advent has officially begun, so each Friday for the next few weeks we will be posting quotes and prayers on the blog as a resource for our readers. We value advent so much as a spiritual season because its a season of intentional, expectant waiting. Observing advent is  a particularly counter-cultural practice in America, as most often Christmas day sneaks up on us in the wake of a season of frantic planning, shopping, and tying up loose ends at work. As Christians, we are called to practice waiting and contemplation in the middle of this chaotic season. Waiting and hoping for Christ's arrival is the central theme of this spiritual season, and we are excited to practice waiting and hoping alongside you over the next few weeks. 

“Hoping does not mean doing nothing. It is the opposite of desperate and panicky manipulations, of scurrying and worrying. And hoping is not dreaming. It is not spinning an illusion or fantasy to protect us from our boredom or our pain. It means a confident, alert expectation that God will do what He said He will do. It is imagination put in the harness of faith. It is a willingness to let God do it His way and in His time.” Eugene Peterson

If you would like a resource to help you in prayer and contemplation throughout this season, we recommend this daily office guide from New Life Fellowship.