Welcome to Advent in November. The inspiration for this blog post can be found here.
The word Advent derives from the Latin word meaning coming. The Lord is coming. We may reflect that every year at this time we celebrate his coming , so that in a sense we can lose the feeling of expectancy and joyful anticipation, because at the end of the season, everything seems to return to pretty much the same routine. If that is the case, then our preparation may have been lacking and we have therefore been robbed of much of the true meaning of this season.
I am sure you have heard the slogan " Jesus is the reason for the season." In order to prepare for celebrating Jesus' coming at Christmas, people of faith should be grounded in a clear understanding of the whole story of Jesus- his life and ministry, his death and resurrection, and the promise of his coming again. Hopefully this advent journey will guide your journey of exploring your faith in Christ on a new level. This online class encourages you to take this journey with others, recognizing that we come to know Jesus best in the company of His followers.
This online devotional is focused on the theme of Advent, which means "coming or arrival, especially of something infrequent or unusually important." In the Christian church this has been used as a time to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The Advent season involves the four Sundays before Christmas. This year advent dates are
2014-2015 Dates for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany:
- 1st Sunday of Advent November 30, 2014
- 2nd Sunday of Advent December 7, 2014
- 3rd Sunday of Advent December 14, 2014
- 4th Sunday of Advent December 21, 2014
- Christmas Eve Tuesday, December 24, 2014
- Christmas Day December 25, 2014
- Epiphany January 6, 2015
This study is going to focus on Dec 1-25 so can be used over again in the future.
So now that you have created a blank journal ( and you still have time if you are not there yet!). Start thinking about how you want to use the journal. Will you prepare all the pages in advance ( that is what Bernice and I have done) so that you can take the time to journal your experience each day? Or will you create some color or designs on the pages so that you are prepared, or you could actually leave them blank! I recomend that only if you know you have the time each day to do the advent study.
I have found in the past that if I create the book in advance, then it is easier and I can actually compete the study. Life will get in your way, things will happen that you didn't plan on and will draw you away from the study. So if at all possible, don't worry about perfect, or the art, just prepare a place for you to spend time with God.
I created my pages with a gelli plate and stencils, using 3 colors of teal, aqua and silver. For more info on the technique of gelli printing go here.
If you have any art technique questions, please post them in our FB group or ask on the blog, we are here to support, encourage and be along side you as we go on this Advent journey!