Hope Matters: Advent Email Retreat

Original price was: $20.00.Current price is: $17.00.

In our Advent time of waiting and watching, of noticing and responding to God’s incarnation in the world, we explore how Hope Matters.



“Are you ready for Christmas?”  This Prayer Bench Email Advent Retreat offers space for an intentional time of silence, rest, reflection and spiritual practice. We contemplate the length, breadth, depth and height of God’s incarnation in the world.

We are part of the story of incarnation. We are born anew in the Bethlehem of our place on Earth. We are part of the universe story. We learn to bear, to endure our fears, to face our despair because the spark of Hope is woven into the universe, and we are part of it.

We join spiritual ancestors in taking in the sorrows of the world and seeing goodness “in well and woe.” We engage the ancient practice of adoration creating relationship by beholding the All in all. The fruit of this energy is Hope.

Hope Matters.

You may download this  Advent Email retreat, print it if you wish, and work through in your own home and on your own time during the season of Advent. You may wish to use it as a guide for a sunset-to-sunset retreat. You are even invited to ask a friend to join you in making this retreat together during an Advent day apart. (Permission is given to share this retreat with one or two others for the purpose of retreating together in the same space.)

The seven page Advent Email Retreat guide offers suggestions for creating a space for settling into your retreat, a reflection on the theme of Hope Matters, several  prompts to evoke reflection, art or  journalling, and a spiritual practice called, “Come, Let us Adore.”

  • When you order the retreat, you receive a Confirmation Email with a downloadable PDF file of the “Hope Matters Email Retreat.”  Please email me if, for any reason, you don’t receive this email.

PLEASE NOTE: Prayer Bench PERSONAL AND GROUP subscribers will receive this Retreat as part of the 2021 Subscription packages. 

“Incarnation is this big, this deep, this wide, this ancient, this ever-renewing.
Hope is born anew every moment,
in well and woe.”

To sample a Prayer Bench Email Retreat, download this Retreat from June 2020, Pilgrim in Residence.


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