Sunday, December 24 – Silent Night by Sufjan Stevens
This year, the fourth Sunday of Advent falls on Christmas Eve. We light the fourth candle on our wreaths, barely in time for the arrival of Christmas. As our Advent journey draws to a close, take some time to reflect on what space has been made inside of you to welcome Jesus. What songs have helped center your heart and mind? What has helped you be more aware of the needs of those around you — the Christ child in our midst today?
Monday, December 25
This Christmas Day, we welcome the coming of God into the world and celebrate with friends and family. During this busy time, take a moment for yourself. Light the four candles of the Advent wreath and sit in silence, letting your body and mind rest amid the busyness of the day. In our frantic “getting ready,” in our moments of calm, and in every time in between, Jesus is on his way — Immanuel, God-with-us. May this Advent and all our days to come be a time of preparation, making us ready for the arrival of Christ in our hearts, our lives, and in the needs of those around us. Amen.