My church is sponsoring an Advent Word a Day challenge. The pastor has given us a list of 28 words, one from every day from November 27, the first Sunday of Advent, to December 24, Christmas Eve. The challenge is to:
- Think about the word. What does it mean to you?
- Take a picture of something that represents the word and share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. using the hashtag #TUMCAdvent2016.
- Be blessed by what others on the same Advent journey share.
Advent, after all, is not just a time for shopping for presents and decorating. It’s a time for mentally, emotionally, and spiritually preparing for Christmas.
So far I have posted a picture of Norman Rockwell’s Freedom of Speech painting for freedom, a YouTube link to Peter, Paul, and Mary performing the Hanukkah song “Light One Candle” for light, a photograph of a rainbow over the Isle of Skye for hope, a Tolkien quotation for lost, etc.
If you’d like to join along, here’s the word list. I’ve been doing the Word a Day Challenge on my personal Facebook account, but not my professional account, and on Twitter @WriterMacdonald.
November 27 — hope [First Sunday of Advent]
November 28 — freedom
November 29 — comfort
November 30 — lost
December 1 — wait
December 2 — light
December 3 — look
December 4 — love [Second Sunday of Advent]
December 5 — promise
December 6 — open [St. Nicholas’ Day]
December 7 — darkness
December 8 — justice
December 9 — awake
December 10 — bless
December 11 — joy [Third Sunday of Advent]
December 12 — delight [Feast Day of Our Lady of Gaudalupe]
December 13 — pray [St. Lucia’s Day]
December 14 — announce
December 15 — bring
December 16 — story
December 17 — dawn
December 18 — peace [Fourth Sunday of Advent]
December 19 — follow
December 20 — near
December 21 — praise [Winter Solstice]
December 22 — watch
December 23 — prepare
December 24 — rejoice [Christmas Eve]
The featured image was the meditation photo for the First Sunday of Advent, and was taken by Marcus McAdam.