proost is actually organised slightly earlier than usual this year for advent season. and there are some great new resources. i think we are likely to use seeking light at grace (though yet to be discussed). anyway here's the proost update with info and links
As we approach the season of Advent we are reminded again that we wait for God to come to us. We wait in hope for we know that the presence of God with us - that we remember in the birth of Jesus - is transformative in ways that we can only begin to imagine. We wait in hope.
Writing his seminal book 'God in the Manger' Dietrich Bonhoeffer considered the amazing hope of the birth of Christ.
"God is not ashamed of the lowliness of human beings. God marches right in. He chooses people as his instruments and performs his wonders where one would least expect them. God is near to lowliness; he loves the lost, the neglected, the unseemly, the excluded, the weak and broken.”
Sometimes we cry out to God 'How Long Lord?" as we wait for him. But we wait in hope.
Sometimes we wait expectantly knowing that God will be with us. But we wait in hope.
Sometimes we wait in confusion. Unsure what will happen next. But we wait in hope.
All of our writers here on Proost know and share these emotions and experiences. We are all human beings. We know suffering and we know joy. We hope the resources we share on this website may bring hope to you in whatever you face this Advent.
We are pleased and thrilled to share 'Seeking Light' by Ian Adams. The latest in his series of season reflections - this time focused on Advent, Christmas and Ephiphany. If you've not encountered Ian's work before then do have a look. If you have then you'll know this will be a wonderful accompaniment to Advent.
We are also thrilled to share two new pieces of work from Tim Watson. Journey to the Inward Wild is Tim's second in the Hymnal to the Wild series. Bursting with beautiful poems it's an honest, vulnerable and hopeful read. These poems are perfect to accompany your own devotionals and worship or to read for pleasure or share with others. We are also pleased to share a free resource Advent Thoughts - a series of simple slides taking us through the season. This is free so what do you have to lose !
Advent is a season where Proost has featured many resources to help with your own journey to Christmas. These are available in our back-catalogue and through the Seasons button in the menu. On the frontpage we feature three highlights - Alt.Advent (Jon Birch), We Who Still Wait (a collaboration of Chris Goan, Si Smith, Ian Adams and Steve Broadway) and then People Walking in Darkness (a movie from Grace.) Do check these and other Advent items on the site.
Lastly the best way to access the site remains our Get it All subscription, still only £60. Perfect for you but also as a gift to someone else. Take a look.
Thanks for reading. May your advent season be filled with hope.