In partnership with the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Christian Formation, the UKirk Collegiate Ministries Association is proud to offer another year of Words for Waiting: Daily Devotions for Advent and Christmas. This year’s devotional begins with the first Sunday of Advent on November 29, and runs through the Christmas season to Epiphany on January 6. For each day you’ll find a Scripture reading, reflection, and prayer, by (mostly) campus-ministry-connected contributors from across the country. 

New to this year’s Words for Waiting is a theme that has guided the project. As we brainstormed what it might mean to anticipate and celebrate the birth of Christ at the end of a year that has been…unique, to say the least, we were struck by the wide range of emotions that being human actually entails, and we kept coming back to one phrase in particular: CRY OUT. We thought of the lyric from the hymn “Canticle of the Turning” that proclaims, “my soul cries out with a joyful shout,”* but we also couldn’t forget David crying out in Psalm 13, “how long, O Lord?” Whether your exclamations are for joy, justice, lament, or simply the uncertainty of it all, we hope that this year’s devotional will honor the fact that Jesus came to earth to stand right in the middle of it with us.

There are two ways to read.

  1. 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.)
  2. Read online or subscribe for daily emails here.

* Rory Cooney, “Canticle of the Turning” (GIA Publications, Inc, 1990).