Advent Practices for Spiritual Resiliency

These past two years have put an incredible strain on Christians working for God’s peace and justice. In my own experience, I have seen too many pastors and faith activists worn down by spiritual burnout. Of course there is no easy fix, no single factor that will “solve” our current personal and social crises. But I personally have found strength and renewal while at my most despairing when I have opened myself to the Holy Spirit and let Her work renewal in me.

Advent is almost upon us. Christians worldwide will enter into a season of expectant hope–hope that comes only through the flesh-and-blood entry of God into our world through Jesus. What better time to open ourselves to the hope-filled renewal of the Holy Spirit?

This desire for the Spirit to fill and guide us inspired me to contribute to a spiritual practice-centered Advent calendar with Red Letter Christians UK. Each day has a reading, reflection, or practice to help ground spirit-led justice activists in God’s healing, renewing presence. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, I invite you to join us in a season of expectant hope, against all odds.

The calendar is free to download, copy, share, and print, provided you do not sell it for profit. It is designed for either personal devotion or to share in together as a faith community (especially the candle lightings each Sunday). You can learn more about the calendar and download it here. I hope it blesses you this season.

Faith Van Horne is a doctoral researcher in Theology and Religion at University of Birmingham, UK.

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