Lean Towards the Light this Advent and Christmas

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Welcome to Advent, that wonderful season in which we await the coming of Christ, not just as a baby, but also as the Savior coming into our lives and into our world.

On Godspace our Advent theme is Lean Towards the Light. In celebrating the birth of Jesus, we often forget that the light of Christ is already shining in our world. In the northern hemisphere, we may be aware that darkness is the place in which seeds germinate. In the southern hemisphere, leaning towards the light engenders images of growth and summer sunsets splashed across the sky. Wherever we are in God’s world, let us learn to lean towards the light.

We launched the season a little early, today, by posting my yearly Advent video Leaning Towards the Light. It contains amazing photos by Craig Goodwin and beautiful music by Jeff Johnson.

We will post daily reflections, prayers and music throughout the season to inspire and challenge all of us. Leaning towards the light is not just about our personal preparation. It embraces our response to world crises, our attitudes towards those at the margins, and compassionate care for friend and stranger alike.

sidebar1We also hope that you will sign up for the Advent Photo Challenge created by Jean Andrianoff. Or join our Mustard Seed Facebook group, post your own photos, and enjoy those that others contribute. One person who found the challenge through Google commented:

I am excited to use your model this year as I love how you have it set out. Other challenges I found were far too trivial for me.

In addition, we have a variety of Advent/Christmas resource lists you might like to explore including this beautiful Advent candle lighting liturgy by Emma Morgan of Melbourne, Australia.

New Gift and New Resources for You this Advent Season

sunAs a free gift to you all, a small way to say thank you for your prayers, support and encouragement, we offer our new Advent/Christmas colouring book, Colour Your Way Through Advent and Christmas. Colouring pages are based on the O Antiphon images drawn for us last year by Danielle Poland for our popular devotional A Journey Toward Home: Soul Travel from Advent to Lent. Additional Christmas images were created by our new volunteer Shelby Selvidge.

Please visit our MSA webstore and browse our Advent/Christmas resources:

We appreciate your encouragement and support at this season.

Christine Sine
Executive Director MSA