This Advent, there are not one, but TWO opportunities to participate in meditating on a given word each day and then, if desired, posting a photograph that expresses that word's meditation. The idea is that you post your photo on one or more social media sites, labeling it with the assigned # so that others can find, enjoy, and pray with your photo.
"Each day will have reflection word taken from the Sunday Readings that will be posted on our Social Media sites. We invite you to meditate on that word throughout the day and if you find a photo that captures that word for you, post it to your social media sites with the hashtag #episcopaladvent as well as a hashtag for the word for the day (for example: #joy). We will begin posting on the First Sunday of Advent (November 30) and will end on Christmas Day."
The second one was created by the Society of St. John the Evangelist, better known as the SSJE Brothers (or in the UK the Cowley Brothers/Fathers). Theirs is #AdventWord. I expect it will have more users because the Anglican Communion News Service picked it up.
At first, having heard of both in passing, I thought it was the same thing. Same idea, yes; same words for the day, no. So which to choose?
I finally decided to do both. Am I crazy? Perhaps. But I do meditate well with a camera, actually. (I really need to do a blog post about that, or at least link to the books I've recently obtained to supplement my own experience.)
So here is the cheat sheet for both, lined up, in case anyone else would like to do both as well.
I'm noticing that the Young Adult/Youth/Lifelong Formation group has chosen a set of words that seem much more traditionally Adventlike to me.
It will be interesting to see what sort of meditation grows from the combination of the two words each day.
Are you up for a challenge? Some unusual ways of inviting God in to your prayer this Advent? Join us.
If you're in the area and an early bird, here's something else:
I'll be preaching - giving the "message," as they put it - a mini-homily. I saw one weather report that said the rain/sleet/snow is supposed to stop by dawn. I'm living in hope while packing my waterproof bag and putting my sermon in a plastic page protector. Always be prepared! And give thanks at all times and in all weather.
So much pain and grief and rage at the moment. Lives lost. Livelihoods lost, too. Hopes for a peaceful outcome lost (I am not saying calm; I am saying nonviolent). What kind of a world are our children growing up in? ALL our children? I can't add anything to the discussion, but I can pray and stand with all those whose lives have been torn apart and whose hopes have worn thin. I count on the fact that our God is one who brings life from death, even the worst possible. And that begins now.
I began this blog as I prepared to leave for a seminary field education placement in a parish in Haiti, creating it as a way of sharing my experiences and reflections over the summer with people at home and continuing it upon my return.
I finally returned to Haiti in 2011. So much in a short time. I returned to the US in 2013, but something tells me I'll be back. Meanwhile, there is still so much I intended to share while I was there. I hope some of it will make it onto this blog. A piece of my heart is always in Haiti, and I hope some of yours will be, too. Pray for Haiti, please. So much is needed; with God, so much is possible.
Meanwhile, there are ample opportunities for ministry here, and plenty of discoveries to make. There are beautiful things to consider, birds to watch, and concerns to share. And I am never short of curiosity to lead me into all sorts of odd corners. In all of it, God is present. Welcome to the adventure.
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This is a personal blog. Nothing in it is an official statement from the Sisters of St. Margaret, the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, or any other organization.