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Simply Wait – Advent study 2018

Advent is the time to prepare for the miracle of the coming of Christ but often the world will not allow us to take the time necessary to fully experience this miracle. We at Fremont UMC hope you will join us this season with a daily devotion using the book – “Simply Wait”
Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent
Author: Pam Hawkins
Publisher: Upper Room
ISBN 13: 9780835899178
Publication Date: 08/2007

If you want to join me on this journey, please purchase a copy of the book in print or on line – it is available on Amazon in a Kindle format as well. Then I will post each day and hope that many of you will respond to that post as a way to share our preparation for Advent. The author of the book states: ” For the four weeks of Advent, participants will focus on a single word and a single, simple prayer practice that does not require extensive preparation or previous experience. Readings for each week offer creative reflections rooted in scripture, and engaging questions that stimulate our anticipation for a meaningful Christmas season.”

I hope to be hearing from many of you so watch for my post on December 2nd.
Scott Overton

19 Comments

  1. Claudia R Claudia R
    December 3, 2018    

    The link in the online newsletter did not work but hand entering it did work. Do you have a plan as to how much we should read each day.

    • Scott Overton Scott Overton
      December 3, 2018    

      We will be reading the daily assignment – so on Sundays you will have the larger reading based upon a new word and then each day will be a shorter reading with a scripture except Saturday has a new spiritual practice to try out.
      Welcome aboard!

      • Claudia R Claudia R
        December 4, 2018    

        I wrote a response yesterday but it doesn’t. Look like it went through. And is there no one else going us?

        Psalm 122 is a prayer for peace in Jerusalem. That prayer is needed today as much as when it was written. There is still strife and conflict in Jerusalem and the whole of the Holy Land. I think it will take divine intervention to enable all of the factions to envision a just peace. I join my prayers with the millions this advent season

        • Scott Overton Scott Overton
          December 4, 2018    

          I have approved all the comments so maybe it is under one of the other posts. You can make a comment on each post and this is the original post. My friend Kristi has also commented but I have shared on my Facebook page and the church’s as well. Kris F responded to that and I have directed her here.

    • Scott Overton Scott Overton
      December 5, 2018    

      The office resent the newsletter with a working link!

  2. Claudia R Claudia R
    December 3, 2018    

    I got the book on my Kindle and did day one and two todau. I really like the premise of contemplation and journaling. And I like the author. Hope we get some more participants. I put a plug for it on my Facebook page.

    When I was ask to think about previous Adbvents, I remember that I learned I was pregnant right before Christmas in 1980. It made me think about what Mary’s waiting must have been like that first Christmas. She and Joseph were married but there were probably a lot of skeptics among their family and friends. Was shy joyfully anticipating the birth of worried that they would be shamed by the people in Joseph’s home toen?

    • Scott Overton Scott Overton
      December 3, 2018    

      Claudia
      That makes me think of how she anticipated or prepared to make the birth of her child more acceptable to her community and other people. We certainly are not told about any reaction except for Joseph and her cousin Elizabeth but it would certainly have been on the mind of a new mother!

      • Claudia R Claudia R
        December 8, 2018    

        Today we are challenged to have a personal or group prayer vigil starting at 1 hour before dawn. I have never done that but have a friend who prays with a prayer partner in the phone every morning at 5:30 am. I admire her commitment and perseverance.
        I am going to accept the challenge and try it on Monday morning!

        • Claudia R Claudia R
          December 11, 2018    

          It did not happen. I never thought about it again. Maybe tomorrt?

  3. Wiki Smith Wiki Smith
    December 5, 2018    

    I’m in. The book was just delivered, and I’m otherwise occupied this evening, and will obviously have to play “catch up,” but will do my best to read and reflect in the coming days. I’m looking forward to this Advent reflection.

    • Scott Overton Scott Overton
      December 5, 2018    

      Great to have you on board Wiki

    • Claudia R Claudia R
      December 11, 2018    

      How is it going? I like the prayers and reflections. I would love to hear your thoughts.

  4. Claudia R Claudia R
    December 5, 2018    

    As I walked through my house inviting Emmanuel to come be present I was convicted of my son of over abundance. In the kitchen I saw more food than I can eat,. I own four sets of dishes yet use them little., Etc. And the other rooms are just as bad. I confess I probably have 30 or more books that I have never read and many more I will never read again. I hear Jesus calling me to give myself a gift and let go of earthly things.

  5. Scott Overton Scott Overton
    December 5, 2018    

    All I can say is Amen! To that

  6. December 8, 2018    

    I loved the first little piece on Anticipation.

    Anticipation, looking forward, requires that you know what it is that you’re looking forward to. It’s an active, rather than passive, waiting. But this anticipation doesn’t mean that we have to know ALL of what it is we’re waiting for. We have to leave room for the unexpected; that’s where the joy pops in!

    • Scott Overton Scott Overton
      December 9, 2018    

      Great Claudia. Let us know how that goes!

      Michelle I love that thought.. to anticipate but revel in the wonder of the unexpected!

    • Claudia R Claudia R
      December 11, 2018    

      I agree with you. When I read the reflection I was pondering the difference between expectation and anticipation. I think expectation has a specific outcome in mind when anticipation is more open ended.

  7. Claudia R Claudia R
    December 13, 2018    

    The scripture passage that came to mind about hope was ,Matthew 19:26 “Jesus looked at them carefully and said ‘it is impossible for human beings but all things are possible for God'”.
    This is the passage I recall when I look at every thing going wrong in our world and feel like giving up. Then I remember that fixing everything is not up to me. The second thing I remember is a verse from the Talmud, “You are not required to finish the work but neither are you allowed to cease working.”

    • Scott Overton Scott Overton
      December 13, 2018    

      Claudia – those are hopeful messages especially when we feel that the work is greater than our ability! To know that God is there to help us and that to start the work may be as far as we can take it personally but we can hope that it will be continued.
      Scott

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