Now more than ever, educators across America need this Advent season to pierce their souls. On a never-ending rollercoaster ride since early March, teachers and school personnel have been sent to the brink and back again as they have made every valiant effort to keep students safe and continuously learning despite the obstacles that present themselves during a global pandemic. Perhaps that is why the theme of this year’s Advent hit so close to my weary soul. We are craving revival. We are seeking restoration. We are patiently waiting for the revelation of what is good. Revive us. Restore us. Reveal yourself to us, sweet Jesus. Heaven knows we need it as we enthusiastically put this year to bed.
Perhaps now more than ever, this season Christ is truly inviting us into his presence by the involuntary solitude this particular time period brings. With the monotony of quarantine comes the opportunity to deeply root ourselves in Advent rhythms of prayer, scripture, and quiet seeking as we explore the aforementioned themes. But, what does this look like in daily practice? How can we put Advent into action as educators who are simultaneously wrapping up a busy, emotional year? Here, we will explore four Advent rhythms, and various ways we can put them into practice among the chaos December so often brings.
Four Advent Practices for Educators
A key thought from yesterday's sermon at church was this: Our greatest need this holiday season is to consistently connect with God. What rhythms can you establish to help this be the focal point of your Advent practice?
Our greatest need this holiday season is to consistently connect with God.
To help you navigate new rhythms this holiday season, I have created an Advent for Educators Guide. This brief organizational chart can be used in conjunction with our blog series this month (a new post comes out each Tuesday) to help you deepen your spiritual practice and make this Advent season one of revitalization, restoration and revelation in Christ.
My Favorite Prayer Apps:
Linger a Little Longer:
1. Download the Advent for Educators Guide. Spend a few minutes completing the graphic as a means of being intentional about this season in your life.
2. Which of the aforementioned areas seems the most challenging to you? What is one next thing you can do to create space for this practice in your life?
3. Which of the four practices seems the least daunting? Why?