One of the best things about Advent and the holiday season is the opportunity to delight in the spectacle of warm lights and bright color all around us, especially as the days get shorter and colder.
Everything right now is glittery, glitzy and over-the-top. Magical moments are everywhere you look. I love that more of my neighbors are draping their understated, yet stately, homes, yards and trees with holiday light displays of all colors and patterns. Although this is supposed to be a time of reflection and waiting, we don’t always have to take ourselves so seriously.
As we count down the days to when we will finally celebrate the coming of the light of the world, we prepare the way. Our own lights ablaze, we anticipate with wonderment the miracle of love and peace in the name of the one who raised his own bright star in the sky for us to seek.
Give in to wonderment. Turn away from the jaded and snarky commentary that is so much a part of our daily life. Remember, there are no small miracles. Every candle that is lit, every light that shines and every star that twinkles in the night sky is a sign that we are celebrating the kingdom of Heaven at hand, as Jesus promised.
Feel free to share your experience or your creative suggestions. If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, share using the #24daysofgiving hashtag. Let’s spread some love and good cheer!
Did you miss a day?
Day 1: Give yourself 5 minutes
Day 2: Give someone your attention
Day 3: Give time to a worthy cause
Day 4: Give someone a helping hand
Day 5: Give a cup of coffee or tea
Day 6: Give 3 words of love
Day 7: Give a handwritten note
Day 8: Give hugs
Day 9: Give blessings
Day 10: ForGIVEness for yourself and others
Day 11: Give yourself permission to say no
Day 12: Give yourself space to let the light in
Day 13: Give a nice greeting
Day 14: Give yourself a day off
Day 15: Give words of encouragement
#24daysofgiving is an Advent experiment in being called to come into being through the practices of love and compassion, while reflecting on the coming of Christ into the world.
(Image credit: Dana L. Young)
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