''Tis the season to ponder the season. Really.
”Tis the season to ponder the season. Really.

With Advent beginning on Sunday, many church pastors (and ministers of various vocations & locations) find themselves in a last-minute scramble: for liturgies, for volunteers, for calm, for inspiration, for endurance, for comfort. Around the RevGalBlogPals’ network, our blogging colleagues offer reminders and prayers that give us something to hold onto as we step into this holy season.

+ Be Thou My Vision centers us in prayer: “Let us remember how love has blessed us in our lives, and let go of discontent and rancor.”

+ Sometimes in the holiday rush of church life, our personal lives suffer from a lack time & intentionality. Liberation Theology Lutheran encourages us with practical reminders, such as: “Make a budget before you buy a thing.”

+ The holidays do not guarantee glad tidings for all; many of us experience interpersonal strain during holiday seasons. Michelle Torigian offers this prayer: “Through the radical acceptance of Christ, may we open tables that have been closed, add seats that have been taken away, and may the food multiply as our meal-sharing grows.”

+ Write Out of Left Field urges our spirits toward Advent courage: “It’s easy to get lost in the swords and spears and wars. We can easily give in and let bleak despair fill us. Advent is a time to raise our heads and look for God’s steadfast presence and take up the work of peacemaking and justice-seeking.”

What wisdom are you holding onto this Advent? What resources are you still seeking for your ministry setting? What good news keeps your heart & mind encouraged through the busyness of the season? Share your thoughts, your blogpost links, your requests, your prayers in the comments.

Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister, soccer mom, blogger, and author. Her book Sacred Pause plays with words to refresh our relationship with The Word.

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