Advent Week 2: Silence

“Advent leads to a growing inner stillness and joy allowing me to realize that He for whom I am waiting has already arrived and speaks to me in the silence of my heart.” Henri Nouwen

Silence and stillness – a practice many of us struggle with in this hurried modern world. Phones, emails, schedules, meetings… they clamor for us to be doing more, leading more, pressing into ministry more. Advent invites us into a season of darkness preparing for the light; of silence as you prepare for The Word. One of the goals of this week’s practice is to help you foster a sense of silence in your life as you set aside the chatter of the world around you. 

An Introduction to Breath Prayers

This is a series of breath prayers leading us into a time of silence with God. Nick Steffen, LMHC, gives a simple introduction to breath prayers and their benefits for our mental and spiritual health below. We suggest starting here and then spending some time this week practicing breath prayers yourself.
If you would like to learn more about deep breathing and it’s benefits, watch this longer video from Steve Scruggs, PsyD:

“Believe the good news… be silent.” (Luke 1:19-20)

“Let it be to me… According to your Word.” (Luke 1:38)

“God is with me… I will not fear.” (Matthew 1:20, 23)

“The Prince of Peace has come… Glory to God!” (Luke 2:10-14)

These Advent Breath Prayers are taken from:

Now take several deep breaths and let yourself sit in silence. 

May these practices of quieting your soul center you in the coming hope of Christmas.

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