Prayerful Reflections is a daily resource for connecting with God and the larger Christian community during the season of Advent (observed the four Sundays before Christmas, or December 1st-24th) and Christmastide (the twelve days between Christmas and Epiphany, December 25th-January 5th.) Christians around the world observe Advent as a way to meditate and reflect on the coming of Christ, both in the incarnation and in Christ’s eventual return.
Inspired by the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, or sacred listening, each daily reflection will be an opportunity to Read the Bible, Reflect on the message, Respond to what we have heard, and Rest in the love of God. This devotional could be read independently or with a community. If you would like to connect virtually, the reflections are posted daily at www.spiritualdirectionwithjulia.com/blog with opportunities to comment.
You are welcome to share this free resource with anyone you like, just send them the link www.spiritualdirectionwithjulia.com/prayerful-reflections and they will be able to download a free PDF version of Prayerful Reflections: A Daily Devotional for Advent and Christmas 2023.
I started publishing Prayerful Reflections in 2021 as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the new reality of socially-distanced churches. An online devotional seemed like the appropriate way for Christians from around the world to connect in their shared identity in Christ, especially during Lent and Advent. I also published Prayerful Reflections out of a deep yearning to share my thoughts about God and to amplify the voices of female theologians. You will notice that all 35 authors presented in this devotional are women. Jesus called women to proclaim the Good News to the world, not just to women or children, but also to men. So although this devotional is written by women, it is meant for ALL people.
The theologies and interpretations of scripture held in these pages are valuable and worth reading. The women represented in Prayerful Reflections are pastors, chaplains, authors, spiritual directors, teachers, parents and community leaders. We range in age, ethnicity, race, denominational background, political and theological stances, and are from varied locations across North America. What do we have in common? We all follow Jesus and have been prompted by the Holy Spirit to share the insight God has given us through scripture. I want to thank all of the women who made this volume of Prayerful Reflections possible. Your time, thought, prayers and insight are invaluable.