avt18cThis week marks the beginning of a new church year. Many of our bloggers are thinking about the season of Advent. Here are just a few that you may want to visit as you make your own preparations.

Rachel Hackenberg, blogging at Rachel G. Hackenberg, offers a review of a book that might be a worthy companion on your Advent journey. My Soul Waits: Praying with the Psalms through Advent, Christmas & Epiphany by Martin Shannon, CJ offers reflections and original prayers by the author, all based on the daily Psalms for the season.

In Musings for a Beautiful Day, Charlene Hinckley turns to Frederick Buechner for vivid descriptions of the feelings of waiting in this season.

Several bloggers offer calls to reject the commercialism around us, from Black Friday to mischievous elves. Derek Paul asks the question directly in his blog Tales from the Great Adventure. He invites us to consider “Are we going to jump on the seasonal crazy-train? Or will this be a time of Promise and Grace?”

Connie Tuttle reminds us that Advent waiting is not passive. In her blog, The Gracious Heretic, she reminds us that “We are the ones who must bring good news to the oppressed” and “We are the ones who must gather to ourselves those who mourn.”

In Preacher on the Plaza, Elizabeth Hagen reminds us that grief and Advent don’t always mix well. “Someone around you is grieving right now. Even if you don’t know his or her name. Even if you don’t know why. Even if you’ll never know why. So many people grieve on overdrive at this time of year.”

Katherine Doyle, in her blog Just Katherine, reflects on the traditions we hold dear at this time of year. She shares her attempt to create some new traditions in her brief fling with inflatable yard decorations.

There are many more Advent-worthy reflections throughout our blogging community. Please visit the RevGalBlogPals website and look for the link labeled “Our RevGals Blogging Community.” Please leave comments on the blogs you read, so that the authors wll know that their writing has connected with you in some way.

Barbara Bruneau is a retired Lutheran pastor, living in southeastern Minnesota and currently serving in interim ministry. She is a knitter, a weaver, and a very occasional blogger at An Explosion of Texture and Color.

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