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Advent Calendar

Beginning December 1, visit each day during Advent. Every day a new window opens offering you a moment of solace and reflection as to the true meaning of Advent and the coming Christmas Season. Each window will reveal a special Advent word, meditation and beautiful image. Beyond Advent, you can continue receiving a daily meditative word from the Society of Saint John the Evangelist's, Brother, Give Us A Word. Visit ssje.org/word to subscribe or follow @ssjeword on Twitter.

NATIVITY | Dec 24th | Make a womb of your heart and a manger of your hands in which to receive the Son of the Most High, listen for...(double-click the image for the full meditation - link goes live at 1am EST)

EMMANUEL | Dec 23rd | Jesus is the glory of God, the sign of God’s presence among us. We call him Emmanuel, “God with us.” This is the One who comes to ... (double-click the image for the full meditation)

REX GENTIUM | Dec 22nd | Jesus came to save our souls from subservience to false kings: despotic, cruel, selfish, power hungry kings, outwardly attractive, full of pomp and circumstance. ‘Come and follow me’ they cry. ‘You will be ... (double-click the image for the full meditation)

ORIENS | Dec 21 | In Jesus, the face of God is lifted. Face the light and life and love of God in Jesus, who comes among us. It’s not unlike on a ... (double-click the image for the full meditation)

CLAVIS DAVID | Dec 20th | You need not be afraid any more, the fearless one says. The one who is forever unbound, the unbounded one, the one who is our ... (double-click the image for the full meditation)

RADIX JESSE | Dec 19th | God took on human nature, was born of a human mother, and lived among us. He is the creative force of God. All things came into ... (double-click the image for the full meditation)

ADONAI | Dec 18th | Jeremiah uses trees growing by water to illustrate those who put their trust in the Lord, and he calls them blessed. I think that we can say that it is not only ... (double-click the image for the full meditation)

SAPIENTIA | Dec 17th | Open your eyes and look for wonder. Pray that the eyes of your heart be enlightened, and look for wisdom. Presume you see only in ... (double-click the image for the full meditation)

HOPE | Dec 16th | You might find it helpful to seek from God a very essential spiritual gift which makes incompleteness bearable: hope. Hope is an expectant ... (double-click the image for the full meditation)

GIFT | Dec 15th | Live as stewards of all that has been entrusted to you. Use what you have been given for God’s glory and for ... (double-click the image for the full meditation)

BIRTH | Dec 14th | Childbirth, at least at one time, was both a life giving, and life threatening event, and the birth for which we wait is no different. It will both give us ... (double-click the image for the full meditation - link goes live at 1am EST)

PATIENCE | Dec 13th | Perhaps God likes to surprise us and delight us. ... (double-click the image for the full meditation)

PRESENCE | Dec 12th | A very good prayer to carry in our own hearts is that the eyes of hearts be opened to see ... (double-click the image for the full meditation - link goes live at 1am EST)

LIGHT | Dec 11th | What would we see if we truly saw one another? Dazzling light? The Light of Light? In our blindness we don’t see—yet. We can begin to imagine what the ... (double-click the image for the full meditation - link goes live at 1am EST)

EXPECTATION | Dec 10th | The One whom we now experience primarily as absent will come with great power and glory. We are to watch for ... (double-click the image for the full meditation)

WAITING | Dec 9th | God waits for us to be ready, for “the eyes of our hearts” to be enlightened. But God also waits on us in the ... (double-click the image for the full meditation)

YES | Dec 8th | We can fall into lots of “no” at times, into cynicism and negativity. This can be toxic and corrosive to the soul—and to the ... (double-click the image for the full meditation)

COMPASSION | Dec 7th | Compassion is both a feeling and a way of being that flows out of that feeling. When we feel compassion, we feel the ... (double-click the image for the full meditation)

LISTEN | Dec 6th | Without silence, it is hard to truly hear, to truly listen to God’s voice – to hear ... (double-click the image for the full meditation)

DESIRE | Dec 5th | Listen to your desire. Our capacity to desire is God-given. No matter how flimsy our desires, no matter how conflicted or shadowy or duplicitous or even ... (double-click the image for the full meditation)

SALVATION | Dec 4th | If we don’t know that we are lost, how can we know we need to be found? If we don’t know we need to forgive or be forgiven, how can we know ...(double-click the image for the full meditation)

PREPARATION | Dec 3rd | Advent is a season of waiting, of anticipation, of preparation. We are waiting expectantly for ... (double-click the image for the full meditation)

WONDER | Dec 2nd | Here’s a suggestion: we could all take a rest from trying to be better persons, we could take a rest from our projects of self ... (double-click the image for full meditation)

WAIT | Dec 1st | What grows tall and strong must also grow slowly and deep, or it will tumble. Depth takes time. God has all the... (double-click the image for the full meditation.)

Waiting for Advent - Starting December 1, 2013. www.ssje.org/advent

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