Alert, Aware, Attentive: Advent Reflections
Alert, Aware, Attentive: Advent Reflections
John Cullen
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We often find it hard to believe that we have a unique voice. Advent begins with a voice crying in the wilderness. Every voice matters - especially voices in the wilderness that are stifled and silenced by alienation and apathy. This book dares you to take the time to listen to Advent voices in the wilderness that persist with calls to be heard and respected.

December is a month when we fill the winter days and nights with a new busyness. This book is a chance to pause, catch our breath. This book is a fingertip on the pulse to appreciate our every breath and heartbeat as a gift. It is a chance for the reader to connect with God's word during Advent - cradling a word, a phrase or an image that whispers hope into some parched place in our lives - a place of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14). This is where God's patient dialogue waits for our response.

The author celebrates God's love enfolding all that we hide - just as Adam and Eve hid their own natural beauty (Genesis 3:7) - unaware of God's 'hide and seek' presence. Here is a God, eager to guide them and us from shadowy darkness into a perpetual light of eternal love.

Advent gives us the space to create new contexts that transform predictability into possibility, despite our inadequacies and the freight of failures that we carry. Advent is a time to develop skills as disciples, so as not to miss God. Advent is about being disciples. The gospels show us how the disciples stumbled, fumbled and slowly and gradually learned to change, follow and witness.

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