Today marks the beginning of a new series of blog articles leading us up to Christmas Day which has always been one of the two most special days in the Christian calendar.
The Revive community were incredibly lucky to have Leigh and Mike Greenwood be a part of our community a couple of years ago with Leigh working for us as she began her working as a Baptist Minister. Here’s something she wrote back in 2017 and we think it’s absolutely lovely:
And so we begin…
And so we begin a time of reflection,
knowing that God is with us in every moment,
loving us, rejoicing in us, and forgiving us.
Out of the depths we cry out to God,
seeking to open our hearts and prepare the way for new birth.
Prayer Guide: Praying the Examen in Advent
- Find a comfortable place. Quiet your mind and body by taking some deep breaths. Focus only on your breath as you breathe in and out.
- Recall that you are always and everywhere in the presence of God.
- Spend some time looking over the past year. Ask the Holy Spirit to be with your reflections.
Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year. As you enter into a new year and a new season of Advent, look over your past year and see what has happened:
- Where has there been joy? What were the reasons that these events or achievements were particularly joyful? Where have there been elements of pain? What caused me experience this pain? What did you learn from it?
- Were there any missed opportunities from the year? Were there times where you acted superficially or rashly for the “easy fix” but in the end caused pain or discomfort?
- How do you come into the Advent season? What elements from the previous year do you still carry with you? How is God calling to you through these events?
- How is God calling you to go forward? Where are you being drawn and how do you respond to God’s call this Advent season and the year beyond?
- Make note of some of the parts of your prayer time that have really resonated with you.
- Give thanks and ask forgiveness for the things this reflection has raised.
- End your prayer time with the Our Father.