Preparing for Christmas is no small task in this day in age. However, for Christians of many denominations, the weeks preceding Christmas are filled with prayer and thanksgiving in a time called Advent.
The four Sundays before Christmas are celebrated by church congregations and families as they light candles each week signifying the four virtues that Christ brings us: hope, love, joy and peace.
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of PBA’s founding, we have taken an anniversary approach to a popular holiday tradition: our devotional guide for Advent. Since 1996, the University has published a guide with daily devotionals written by members of the University community. Now we’ve gone back over those years and selected some of the best devotionals to be reprised in this year’s Advent guide.
The guide opens Dec. 2 with a piece by PBA’s first president, Dr. Jess Moody. Contributions also come from two other former presidents, Dr. Paul R. Corts and Dr. David Clark. Other writers include Dr. Perry Hildreth, who receives the credit for almost single-handedly creating an annual theme and collecting devotionals for many years. We have had the joy of continuing Dr. Hildreth’s tradition.
Alumni of PBA will re-live some wonderful memories as they read devotionals written by favorite professors and/or fellow students from years past. Current President William M. B. Fleming, Jr. concludes this year’s guide on Christmas Day with a freshly written piece.
The guide had been a printed booklet, but since 2016 we have produced it in digital form for wider distribution. Those who sign up for the guide will receive a devotional in their email each day of Advent and also on Christmas day.
Sign up here to receive the Advent devotional guide.