A miracle happened to me two days ago!  Looking forward to Christmas just didn’t have the same meaning for me this year as it has in years past.  Should I put up a tree or do any decorating at all?  What about Christmas cards or letters?  Gifts?  That too was overwhelming!!!

However, on Sunday night this all changed.  I looked out my bedroom window into the courtyard below here at Friendship Village and there were Christmas lights on the tree and the roof of the walkway going out from the cafe! Instantly I felt a need to celebrate Christmas this year.

Thankfully, your Staff at Dayspring is ready and willing to offer special activities for study and inspiration during this special Season.  Our Advent Study will be on the book LOW, An Honest Advent Devotional, by John Pavlovitz. Pavlovitz writes, “Let’s be honest about Advent:  we often feel pressured to have it all together and to hide our struggles, to pretend we’re merry when we’re frustrated and stressed and exhausted.”  Can you relate?

In this honest Advent devotional, progressive Christian leader and author John Pavlovitz reminds us that God came to meet us in the low places of our lives.  These daily devotions speak to the breadth of our journeys: the joy and the grieving, the celebration and the suffering, the belief and the doubt, the good tidings and the bad days. LOW includes 29 reflections on life, faith, belief, doubt, peace, justice — and how to come to this season just as we are.  This collection of readings will meet us where we are, remind us that we are not alone, and help us navigate the hardships of the season.

LOW may be ordered online or from Changing Hands for $5.99.  We invite you to order your copies quickly so you will have them by the beginning of Advent. You are invited to be part of one of several Zoom studies starting November 29 (see the schedule below). Or you may order the book and meditate on it by yourself or with your family.  A list of Discussion Questions is available by calling Shirley if you are studying alone.

Sundays at 7:30am – Joel Bullock
Tuesdays at 11:00am and 5:30pm – Jeff Procter-Murphy
Wednesdays at 10:30am – Shirley Wells
Thursdays at 12 noon – Amy Notbohm
Thursdays at 7:00pm during Time to Wonder

-Pastor Shirley