Posted by: abbiewatters | December 3, 2011

Expecting the Word – Advent One – Saturday

My Advent series this year will follow the Words Matter Advent study from the National Council of Churches. Download the whole booklet if you’d like, and follow along with the writings for each day. I’d love to discuss them with you. Also, here is a link to the Advent readings from the Inclusive Bible. I prefer the more inclusive language here, than the NRSV texts used in the study booklet (be sure to read the note on page 6).

Mark 13:24-37.

We had two writings on the passage today in the devotional, but both seem to be focused on how the Chosen One will come to us. For one, the coming takes place in church where she expects to hear, feel, touch, and act out the Word. For the other, the Word comes to her in her everyday surroundings. For both, the coming depends on their own perception.

I took a long while this summer to write down my memories in the Legacy Project. As I was prompted to think about my life, I was amazed at what I remembered. There are whole days and seasons that I remember very well – the taste of the food, the feel of the sunburn, the sounds going on around me, the sights of new places. There are other gaps in my memory – I basically remember where I was and what was going on, but the sensual element isn’t there. Is that because I wasn’t really paying attention then? Probably.

Did I miss the coming of the Savior?

During this Advent, I’m going to try to pay better attention to the things happening around me, so that I don’t miss the coming of God into the world. When it happens, I really want to notice!


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