I’ve come upon a wide array of interesting advent resources this year. Some are primarily prayer guides, others focus on art or historical traditions to bring into your family, and some are just plain fun. All offer the opportunity to us to deepen our understanding of what it means to wait for our coming King!
The Advent Project, Biola University Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts: this is a really neat, online multimedia advent resource. Music, art, poetry are all used as focal points to reflect on the “incarnation of Christ and his virgin birth,” “prayers inspired by the Old Testament book of Isaiah,” “the Christmas narrative,” “Jesus as a refugee,” and “Christ’s profound proclamations of peace.”
Art for Advent 2015, by Seeing Art History: an art historian who shares reflections on advent-related art as a way to further enter the season.
Advent Prayer Guide 2015: Stand Alongside Syrian Refugees, by World Vision: A prayer guide that tells stories of Syrian refugees, with both weekly and daily scripture, reflections, and prayers.
50 Resources to Make This the Best Advent Ever: Self explanatory!
Here are a few I’m enjoying this year.
“Behold the Lamb of God: An Advent Narrative” by Russ Ramsey. A narrative guide “through a contemplative season of advent – twenty-five chapters, one for each day of December.” [Kindle version free as of this posting on Dec 2, 2015]
“The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life” by Joan Chittister. This book explains the church year and has a chapter on advent.
“Let Us Keep the Feast: Living the Church Year at Home (Complete Collection)” Jessica Snell, Ed. This book also explains the church year and has a chapter on advent. Each chapter contains ideas of traditions you can use in your own home to observe the season of advent.
“Seeking God’s Face: Praying With the Bible Through the Year” by Philip Reinders and Eugene Peterson. This is a prayer book that takes you through the church year with a section of a Psalm, a scripture reading, suggestions for prayer topics, and a brief prayer.
Most popular songs from the “Christmas season” are actually Christmas songs, not Advent song, so most “Christmas” albums are primarily Christmas songs (celebrating the birth of Jesus) with a few Advent songs as well. So most of the music I enjoy at this time of year have both Advent and Christmas songs on them.
Waiting Songs by Rain for Roots
Silent Night by Red Mountain Church
A Child is Born by Sojourn Music
Salvation is Created by Bifrost Arts