As I write, it is mid October. From my kids’ perspective two things stand between now and Christmas: Halloween and American Thanksgiving. (In our house we have already celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving. Multiple cultures make for extra thankfulness.)
For the Church, though, there is another whole season between now and Christmas: Advent, the four week period when we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ.
Now let’s think about it:
- Does Advent usually work for you as a time of spiritual preparation?
- Do you really get to deepen your engagement with God, and reflect more deeply on your life?
- Does anything happen to invite you into communion with God through scripture and prayer?
I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent many a December consumed by
- and too many office parties.
Not to mention the endless stream of secular Christmas songs in the stores and on the radio.
I’d like to make this year’s Advent different for both of us.
And the Presbyterian Outlook would like to help.
Join Me for a Webinar on Lectio Divina
The good folks at the Presbyterian Outlook regularly host webinars. They have asked me to lead one on November 1 on the classical Christian spiritual practice of “lectio divina.”
If you are not familiar with the term, lectio divina means “divine reading.” It is an ancient way of prayerfully engaging with Scripture to move reliably into the life-changing presence of God.
In the webinar I’ll introduce the classic practice (as well as some modern versions) and get you ready to roll using lectio divina on biblical texts about the coming of Christ this Advent.
Here’s a little video intro I did for the Outlook’s registration page:
The Outlook is not the only group wanting to help you out. The generous folks at the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation are providing funds for a limited number of scholarships. So if the fee for the webinar is standing in the way, make an inquiry using the link on the registration page.
The button below will take you to the page where you can register: