In the weeks preceding Christmas, many churches observe the beautiful custom of lighting Advent candles. This practice provides a beautiful way to create space for prayer in our homes during this season of anticipation. For encouragement and prayer suggestions, I recommend Lisa M. Hendey’s booklet O Radiant Dawn: 5-minute prayers around the Advent wreath. She writes of her wish that “this humble booklet can be for your family a doorway into the profound solace of a well-kept Advent.”
Time together around the Advent wreath can be a refuge, a special place to open hearts to God. This booklet also could serve as an ideal guide for individual reflection and devotions. For each day of Advent, Hendey provides an opening prayer for lighting the candles, a brief scripture, a question for reflection (including suggestions for use with younger children), and a closing prayer.
O Radiant Dawn,
splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
Come, shine on those who dwell in darkness.
With God’s help, may we walk in light and love each day, creating sanctuaries of hope within our homes.
A copy of this booklet was provided by the publisher for review purposes. No fee was received for this review.