A friend of mine posted this idea on Facebook. Thought it looked like a creative way to become more aware this Advent. The original is published, with all the live links at: rethink church.org
Deck those halls, warm up that cocoa and wrap those gifts. Sound familiar?
Every year you promise that this Christmas will be different.
You’ll slow down and enjoy quality time with your friends and family, you say. You won’t drag yourself to the Black Friday sales at 6am when you should be sleeping in from a great Thanksgiving celebration, nor will you do your Christmas shopping in your pajamas on Cyber Monday.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to buy the latest gadgets or checking off that wish list.
But somehow Christmas Eve is here before we know it and we wonder why we don’t feel renewed after this joyous season.
As we did with Lent last February, we’re inviting you once again to enter this season of Advent with intention and awareness. As we prepare, watch and wait for that wonderful something God is sending our way not just at Christmas, but every single day.
Whatever your practices this season, will you join this photo-a-day practice and share with the community how you perceive each word or phrase for the day? No explanation needed, unless you want to. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. Tag us on your instagram photos with @rethinkchurch or on twitter [@umrethinkchurch] with #rethinkchurch and #rethinkchristmas. We’d also love for you to share your photos on our Pinterest board!
You don’t have to be a great photographer. This project is hopefully more about the practice of paying attention and being intentional, than it is being the best photographer [though we encourage you to get creative!]. If you don’t have instagram or twitter, we’d still love for you to share your photos. Just share them on your facebook page and tag us.
So, will you join us by opening your eyes [and your cameras] to witness the hope that is already springing up around you? Will you open your hearts for Immanuel, God with us?
Finding the true meaning of Christmas. That’s Church.