Lean Towards the Light this Advent and Christmas
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 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.
We 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
As 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.
- Our new prayer cards make excellent gifts and stocking stuffers
- Brigit and the Hospitality of God is a beautiful collection of litanies and songs inspired by ancient Celtic prayers and African American folk music, and our rich array of books and videos for Advent and Christmas.
- One way to show your support for MSA and enable us to continue creating a growing selection of free resources that nourish both life and faith is by purchasing through our store.
We appreciate your encouragement and support at this season.
Executive Director MSA