The beginning of Advent is just over a month away and it is time to think about what you want to do to celebrate the season. The longer and the more intentionally we think about an event before it happens, the more it fills our consciousness. The stores are way ahead of us with Christmas decorations and gifts already prominently on display. They know that the stronger the messages the more they shape our ideas, and they want to make sure it is their ideas of how to celebrate that are at the forefront of our minds.
There are alternatives however.
Advent Photo Challenge
Jean Andrianoff has put together a wonderful series of photo prompts – promise, fulfillment and reflection – for each day of Advent to create a beautiful Advent Photo Challenge. Jean says:
Photos capture reflected light. As you meditate on these Advent photo prompts, look for images that reflect the light and hope of fulfilled promises.
This exciting spiritual practice invites us into another experience of photography, a contemplative practice which beckons us to slow down, take notice, savour what we see, and enter into a sacred encounter with our God.
I hope that you will join me in making this one of your Advent practices. Download the free pdf here. Let us know you plan to join us and get ready to share your photos, post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #MSAPhotoChallenge and we will create a gallery for each day.
Because Advent is such a busy time for me I plan to begin my photo challenge now – a month early. I will take photos during the month of November, post them on Godspace and then use them as prompts for reflection during Advent itself.
I am doing this as a way to prepare for this important season of the year. I will I know, make this a far more reflective Advent practice and a more relaxed celebration of the season that leads up to our remembrance of the birth of Christ.
I also wanted to remind you of our theme for Advent this year Leaning Towards the Light and challenged you to consider the following questions as you prepare:
- How can I prepare inwardly for this season and maintain a balanced life that radiates the joy, love and light of Jesus to those I meet?
- How can I reach out to others in ways that will have a lasting effect and enable them to lean in more fully towards the light of Christ?
- How can I ignite the flame in others so that they too will radiate the light of Christ?
We hope that you will join us in both preparing for and celebrating the season of Advent this year.