Our first collection of Advent daily readings was delivered in 2013. Since then, Oblates and Sisters have mused how particular scripture passages have formed and informed their lives. Julie Poskitt, one of our founding editorial midwives, fittingly described these musings as “little embers, the lectio of our lives”. It has been a profound experience to share these sparks of insight for they have enriched our experience of the Advent season.
After an audacious battle with relentless cancer, Julie returned to God in mid-October. While she did not want to leave us, she was full of hope, and gratitude, and good humour to the end. Hers was a deep, abiding and certain faith with which she lavished so many, so generously – little embers she fanned into a flame of faith that will continue to inspire, embolden and propel us on. For the gift of knowing her, we are immeasurably grateful.
This collection of Advent embers is an up-dated version of that first offering from five years ago. They are written by 18 Oblates and 5 Sisters. Suggested scripture readings are included as these entries may well form part of your daily prayers.
It continues to be our prayer that these will provide sustenance for the journey. We welcome your company on the Way.
These Advent Reflections are offered
to the Glory of God,
in loving memory of,
and with deepest gratitude for our beloved Oblate friend,
and also with heartfelt thanksgiving for the friendship and faithful prayers we share as Oblates of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine
“Grace to you and peace –
I always thank God because I hear of your love for all the saints and your faith in the Lord Jesus.”
Philemon 1: 3-4