I hope you had the opportunity to see the online Advent calendar that we had posted on this site during December. It was a gift to our church and community, a way to keep the spiritual aspect of the season alive in our hearts even as we all rush about. The last entry in our calendar was titled “Don’t Stop Now.” By that we meant, if you have been praying and reflecting us during the days of Advent, please don’t give up making a few moments each day to be connected to the Spirit.
There are some wonderful devotional magazines and books you can use to pray every day. At the church we have a subscription to a magazine called These Days, which is published by the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. You can pick up a copy in the narthex. Another good daily devotional is the Upper Room Disciplines 2019. It follows the lectionary readings that are usually read in our worship services here, with a brief meditation and some good reflection questions for each week of the year. (Okay, it is true I am biased: I am one of the writers who contributed to the 2019 edition.)
Brother Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest and spiritual director and he offers a daily reflection via email that is deep, engaging, and ecumenically gracious. You can sign up for that newsletter here.
A few other devotional books we recommend:
Seven Sacred Pauses by Macrina Weiderkehr
In the Sanctuary of Women by Jan Richardson
An Eclectic Almanac for the Faithful by W. Paul Jones
Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne, Enuma Okoro, and Johnathan Wilson-Hargrove
So, please, for the sake of your life in Christ and the body of Christ which needs you to make it strong, don’t stop now. Read, pray, grow, and continue on the way.