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2008 Advent Meditation Guide

These meditations were written by students, faculty, and staff from the University Lutheran Center at South Dakota State University. The authors represent a variety of faith traditions.

In recent years, Advent’s penitential beginning as a “little Lent” has diminished in the frenzy that begins when Halloween costumes are replaced by Christmas decorations on store shelves.  It hits full stride on Black Friday, when merchants hope to make the year profitable, as the day following Thanksgiving brings out shoppers to put their finances  “in the black” for the year.

In the midst of this onslaught, the themes of Advent keep us grounded and centered. Expectation...anticipation...preparation...and longing, guide us through the chaos of the marketplace and our conflicted feelings on campus, as next week’s final tempers our longing for Christmas to come quickly.

At its best, the church is a place where truth is spoken. These meditations are each author’s effort to name or point to what is true: in the lesson of the day, the season, and in his or her faith journey. They seek to be real, authentic, and true.

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