I remember the first nudge, the quickening of my spirit followed by an intake of breath. It was a time when life was overtaking me and catching my breath was hurried at best. A seed was planted that day as I realized that life did not need to feel overwhelming on a daily basis. Slowing down was possible and stepping back from busyness was not just a saying but a choice.
The Advent season was drawing near and this was my first step into Advent living. I always celebrated the season of Advent with my family and the church since I could remember, but this year was the first time I accepted the invitation to Advent living.
I found the prospect of the upcoming holiday season was not as daunting when I chose to add margin to the family traditions. Joy blossomed when I focused on what was most important to me in that season. A renewal of hope and the discovery of the person of Jesus led me to a new take on how to wait well in the wilderness.
What is God’s Invitation?
God always has an open invitation available for us to follow Him. It is free and full of the gift of grace when we say “yes”. God also invites us to walk through every chapter of our lives. The good, the hard, the challenging, the grief-filled, and joyful chapters as Advent people.
When I began the journey to diving deeper into the season of Advent, I began with the beginning of story. God’s creation of the world is where light met dark and hope sprung forth for the first time. My own story mirrored God’s story of new life. My journey through the wilderness didn’t end there.
When we walk into God’s story, we accept the greatest gift of all–salvation. We can choose to remain stuck or we can choose Jesus. We can walk with our heads down or lift our eyes to see what the Father has created for us.
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Here’s what people are saying:
I love the author’s many themes that draw me into the Advent Season but also help me recognize that it’s my whole life long. We are living in the in-between – in process – while we wait from the time we entered into God’s story – until we see Him face-to-face. I appreciated the author’s snippets of her own advent narrative, and the truth that waiting includes preparation as well as wilderness. And that it’s in the wilderness that we learn and know God best of all. She writes: “Wilderness living is when we hurt and find that God has been with us all along.” A great comfort which Advent is all about. Another theme is one we can all relate to: WAITING!
Are we there yet is better rephrased: “Are we willing to continue the journey no matter what the cost?” Jesus was willing, and that made all the difference. A great year-round “Christmas” book! ~ Sue Moore Donaldson
The season of Advent is the time leading up to my most favorite time of year, the birth of Jesus. If II am honest I’ve never truly taken the time to slow down and reflect on the journey to get to the manger. It’s so easy to allow our hearts to be distracted by the never ending to do list. This book did a beautiful job of teaching me to slow down and appreciate the Advent season so that I may truly enjoy the JOY that Jesus brings to the holiday season. I believe The Advent Narrative is an invitation to each of us to allow Jesus to shine through us all not just during the Advent season but all year long as we prepare for His return with a hopeful heart.
This book has taught me that when we make room for God, there is space for grace, love, and peace. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Mary Geisen, for being a hope peddler in a fallen world.
Lots of love and Happy Thanksgiving!
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Your book is on my re-read list during the holidays! Just reading your words here, I feel a necessary slow calming occurring. My decisions of have been rushed to get items off my list lately, instead of taking slow breath moments into the space of Advent living. Thanks Mary!
Mary, I so enjoyed your book. And I love your reminder that we don’t have to live overwhelmed. Especially entering into the Advent season, we can choose how to live it out with joy. I’ll be doing less this year, and I’m looking forward to seeking Jesus more.
I pray that you find a sweet time of renewal in your choice of doing less. It is so freeing. Love you and Happy Thanksgiving!
I have so enjoyed how rethinking advent from just a 4 week remembrance to a way of living has infused more joy, more hope and more peace! You write above about God nudging into a slowing down – sometimes only He can be the one to help put those breaks to slow down! Happy Thanksgiving Mary!!! And Blessed Advent Season all year long!
I love having you as part of this journey to sharing the message of my book. God is very good at teaching us how to slow down and pay attention. Happy Thanksgiving!
I JUST responded to your kind words over at my place … and am sending my gang over here to learn more about this much needed book.
If ever there was a time to focus on Advent, it is this year.
Thanksgiving blessings to you, to yours, friend!
Thank you! My door is open for your people to join me. I agree that Advent is needed as a way of life. I pray your people are blessed. Happy Thanksgiving!
When we live with the Advent year-round, we live with hope and peace year-round, too :). I love the idea of my story being bound with God’s.
It is like a sweet embrace to know that our stories are so tightly bound to God’s story. You restated the theme of my book very well, too. Advent living is knowing that we have hope and peace because we have Jesus.
What a beautiful way to present our entering in to advent!
It is a beautiful way to live Advent for a lifetime rather than just the four weeks leading up to Christmas.