Are we there yet? To say the least, the road we’ve all been on for the last year and a half or so has had more than its fair share of twists and turns. In the classic road trip question and this year’s Advent devotional theme, we hope you’ll find room for everything we’ve encountered along the way — deep grief and exhausting uncertainty, cautious hope and commitmentment to work for a better future. As we journey toward the celebration of Jesus’ birth and its promises of hope, love, joy, and peace, what questions are we asking along the way? What do we hope we’ll find when we get there?
UKirk is excited to offer the fifth annual edition of Words for Waiting: Daily Devotions for Advent and Christmas. Provided in partnership with the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Christian Formation, this free resource includes daily Scripture readings, reflections, and prayers by students, campus ministers, and chaplains representing 28 different Presbyterian-supported student faith communities on 37 college campuses (with some help from neighbors from other areas of the Church too).
There are two ways to read:
Download the PDF and print a hard copy of the whole thing. (Notes for printing: Use ½” margins and set your double-sided printing to short-edge or horizontal binding. Fold in half, add a staple or two, and you’re all set.)
Read online or subscribe for daily emails at ukirkadvent.org.
This year we’ve also added a companion guide for the four Sundays of Advent and Christmas. It includes the same reflections and prayers from the devotional, but also features Advent candle lighting liturgies inspired by this year’s theme, some more context for the Scripture readings, and discussion questions to dig a little deeper into the readings and reflections. While many campus ministries are on winter break during Advent, we hope congregations of many types will be able to use these added resources for worship, Sunday School classes, mid-week check ins, or simply to enhance personal reflection. Download the companion guide here.