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Stay Awhile

Advent Lessons in Divine Hospitality

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While the world tries to rush us into Christmas, decorating the day after Halloween and packing it all up once the gifts are opened on December 25, Advent is a season of preparation that—like our holiday gatherings themselves—takes time and care. Think of the anticipation that comes with hosting loved ones for Christmas dinner: We begin by extending an invitation. We make plans, and as the event draws closer, we begin our preparations. Ultimately, we open the door and welcome our guests, and that is when, finally, we celebrate. Advent should feel the same way, a time to make ready for the long-awaited event of Christ’s birth.

In Stay Awhile, pastor Kara Eidson presents a banquet table of inspiration for Advent, including weekly reflections for personal and small group use, brief daily devotions, and ideas to involve the whole congregation. Congregational resources include liturgies, sermon starters, children’s moments, and even a no-rehearsals-needed Christmas pageant. You can also use video introductions for each session from the author to inspire your individual or group study.

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Kara Eidson has pastored in rural, suburban, and urban settings. She holds a degree in psychology from Missouri State University and an MDiv from Duke Divinity School. After ordination in 2010, Eidson served four years as the United Methodist campus minister at the University of Kansas. She currently pastors two United Methodist congregations in eastern Kansas. Eidson and her husband love spending time tending to their garden with their ten chickens and two goats.

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"Kara Eidson brings a scholar’s insight, a pastor’s heart, and a storyteller’s gift to the task of writing. Through the lens of hospitality, Kara invites us to hear anew the powerful themes and scriptures of Advent, and to spend time daily reflecting upon them." – Adam Hamilton, pastor and author of Wrestling with Doubt, Finding Faith

"Kara Eidson’s Stay Awhile is an invitation that comes at just the right time. With daily devotions, questions for reflection, liturgical guides, and even a pop-up pageant, this Advent study is a rich resource for individuals, small groups, and congregations, alike. Eidson’s focus on hospitality reminds us of the importance of preparing for Jesus—physically, materially, and spiritually. Like a balm for our frenzy-filled lives, Stay Awhile offers restoration, shifting our focus and deepening our experience of the Advent season." – Christine Coy Fohr, co-author of Meeting Jesus at the Table: A Lenten Study

"In this Advent study, Kara Eidson helps us prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Christ in the past, present, and future by exploring God's life-changing hospitality that invites all to feel at home, safe, and loved in God’s presence."– Bishop Ruben Saenz, Jr.

"Kara Eidson’s wise, down-to-earth Advent reflections—a long one for each Sunday, followed by very brief expositions for the other days of the week— are structured around four aspects of hospitality: invitation, planning, preparation, and welcoming. In accompanying videos available on the publisher’s YouTube channel, Eidson provides additional entry points for discussion. – The Christian Century
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