So many people are interested in being more intentional about learning about the Jewish and Christian calendars, but don’t quite know where to start. I’m very happy I can commend a resource that offers a thoughtful historical and devotional overview of each calendar, but also know that many people feel as through attempting to participate will be a pile-on of extra stuff to do (and extra guilt to feel if they can’t do it).
And there is no time of year when the pile-on of “to do’s” hits like an avalanche like it does in the weeks leading up to Christmas. In secular consumer culture, Advent is code for “xx shopping days until Christmas”. However, Advent is a wonderfully counter-cultural invitation to do less. Here’s your quick five-minute overview of the history and spiritual intent of this first season on the Christian liturgical calendar: Click here
As I noted in my book, we can’t all do everything, but it behooves us all to learn a little something about each calendar – and then begin allow the rhythm of one to shape our discipleship journey, one step at a time. As we approach each holy day or season named in both the Jewish and Christian calendars, I’m offering one small, do-able step you, your family, small group, or church can use to move their learning from the page to your own practice. [Read more]