As the world hurries to usher in the Christmas season with early decorations and a rush of festivities, it’s important to remember the true essence of Advent—a time of preparation, reflection, and anticipation. Just as we carefully plan and prepare for holiday gatherings with loved ones, Advent should be a season that unfolds slowly and with care, allowing us to make ready for the long-awaited celebration of Christ’s birth.
In her book, “Stay Awhile: Advent Lessons in Divine Hospitality,” Pastor Kara Eidson offers inspiration for the Advent season. This resource includes weekly reflections suitable for personal contemplation or small group discussions, daily devotions, and creative ideas to engage the entire congregation. It features a range of congregational tools, from liturgies and sermon starters to children’s moments and even a no-rehearsal Christmas pageant.