Let It Be With Me: An Advent Invitation

by Katie Harmon-McLaughlin

Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” –Luke 1:38, NRSV

Entering another darkness
Edges lined in hope unseen–
Another practice in
Control released
Making space for what
I cannot make.

Approaching the unknown forming,
Straining to know and name.
Light will grow along
This path of promise
Shining on what must be seen
As I need to see.

Surrendering to mystery
Beyond comprehension,
A desire emerges
Greater than fear
And it opens in me
This willing yes.

Spiritual Practice: Allow this story from the gospel of Luke to come to life in you.

What does it mean in your life to say, “let it be with me according to your word”?
What Advent invitation for faithful surrender is emerging in you?
What does it feel like to live in humble uncertainty, releasing control? How might this be a sacred space of transformation and growth this Advent season?

Preparing for Advent

Holiday preparations are beginning in many homes in many forms. Some of us come expectant; some come resistant. We may come bringing grief and heavy-heartedness or joy and anticipation into these seasons that change and hold us in every phase of life. However you come, you are welcome here– along this ancient way that leads to fullest life. While many will be preparing their houses, their menus, and their travel plans, we pause at this seasonal threshold to consider how we are preparing our hearts. May these images, resources, and questions guide us as we prepare to move meaningfully through Advent.

Prepare:

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 3.23.13 PMCreate Time for Intentional Advent Retreat:

Making Space: A Meditation

  • Enter into prayerful silence and imagine the space within you being prepared to receive the gift that Advent brings. What does it look like to open more space within? Are there things that need to be cleared out or rearranged? Imagine creating hospitable space within to receive the blessings of Advent and the new life that Christmas brings.

For what do you wait?

  • Spend time in prayer contemplating your deep hope and desire this Advent season. For what or whom do you wait expectant? What do you sense is the world’s deep hope? How do your hope and the world’s hope align?

You are invited to join us at the Spiritual Formation Center blog for practices, poetry, and reflections throughout the Advent season.