light-3176887_1920Advent invites us to introspection. We consider the year as it winds to an end, we consider the resolutions we so optimistically made eleven months ago (if we even remember them), we consider how we hope to move forward as we prepare to turn yet another page on the calendar. Many of our bloggers this week are inviting us into such a time of introspection. Here are just a few of the blog posts by members of RevGalBlogPals this week.

“Sometimes the struggles we face in our lives – with our health, or broken relationships, or mental illness, or the stress of our circumstances – can leave us feel like we are sitting in a dark room with no way out and no hope.” April Fiet invites us to “shine our lonely candles of hope” in her blog post Shine Your Lonely Candle – An Advent Reflection.

“Grief takes up residence in your house and you learn to live with it. You cannot wait it out or force it out or pretend it’s not there.” Julia Seymour’s blog post Let’s Be Honest about Grief draws lessons about grief from her own life and from the movie Frozen 2.

“I gave up trying to be happy and joyful just because it’s the holiday season a long time ago.” Rachael Keefe reflects on “the gap between what is and what God has promised in her blog post Good News for Reluctant Hearts.

“This year during Advent’s pilgrimage, I also walk the rocky path I call my transplant journey. I do hold on to hope as I travel the rough transplant path, and along the way I see tiny glimpses of hope. But not every day.” Kathy Manis Findley invites us to walk a few steps of the journey along with her in her blog post Holding Hope.

“’I’ve lost a lot this year. But what I haven’t allowed myself to think about is, I’ve lost part of me.’” Katherine Kanto Doyle names a feeling shared by many in her blog post I Lost Part of Me This Year. “I’ve talked to many people about this year. I’ll be honest, I have yet to talk to anyone for whom this was the best year.”

“Ruins of Advent, Fierce memories, deep regrets. The year speeds ahead.” Kristin Berkey Abbott adds these words to a sketch of a door framed in by a crumbling wall. Her blog post Ruins of Advent? includes a photo of the sketch. Perhaps you will find it as poignant as I did when you follow the link to her blog.

Every week, RevGals share more than 100 blog posts ranging from sermons to poems to reflections on life. When you visit these blog pages, take a moment to click Like or to add a comment so that the blogger knows that you appreciate their work.

Image by Johannes Plenio from Pixabay

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

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