UKirk Collegiate Ministries is excited to bring you another year of Words for Waiting: Daily Devotions for Advent & Christmas. In partnership with the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Christian Formation, this resource will again be available as a printable PDF, and through daily blog posts. But we need your help to make it happen!
We’re looking for students, campus ministers, and campus ministry groups to provide the daily reflections. (Neighbors from other areas of the Church are welcome to fill out the Interest Form as well, though in the event of more interested contributors than days in the devotional, we’ll prioritize campus-ministry-connected folks.) Once selected, contributors will be assigned a Scripture reading, then be asked to provide a half-page reflection and 1-2 sentence prayer. Visual, poetic, and other creative reflections are enthusiastically welcomed. To see examples of previous devotions, check out the Words for Waiting blog here.
New this year is a theme to guide the season’s reflections. As part of the UKirk Board brainstormed what it might mean to anticipate and celebrate the birth of Christ in such times as these, we were struck by the wide breadth of emotions that being human actually entails, and one phrase stood out from our conversation: CRY OUT. We thought of the lyric from “Canticle of the Turning” that proclaims, “my soul cries out with a joyful shout,” but also couldn’t forget David crying out in Psalm 13, “how long O Lord?” Whether our exclamations are for joy, justice, lament, or just the uncertainty of it all, we hope this year’s devotional will honor the fact that Jesus came to earth to stand right in the middle of it with us.
If you’re interested in contributing to this year’s Words for Waiting, fill out this form by September 17.