In times of turmoil and uncertainty such as we’ve experienced this year, it can help to name these days as “liminal.” The word “liminal” comes from the Latin word for threshold—a place that represents the ending of one thing and the beginning of another.

Gather magazine’s 2020 Advent devotional, written by the Rev. Jordan Miller-Stubbendick, focuses on another liminal story: Mary’s journey as she follows God’s call into motherhood. While exploring Mary’s story, we think about the liminal days in her life, and how she might have traveled spiritually and emotionally during her own uncertainty. As we embark on our own emotional and spiritual journeys this Advent, we’ll explore four practices that can help to ground and steady us: gratitude, movement, song and honest conversation.