See this video at Beth’s YouTube Channel.
Find more of my blessings in my book Christ Beside Me, Christ Before Me: Celtic Blessings.
Alive Now, one of the publications I edit, has been participating in an Advent practice of “praying with your camera in your hand,” or praying with your eyes – Visio Divina.
We’ve shared the graphic (above) with the words for each day and invited people to see, pray, hashtag, and share. Churches and people all over the world are observing Advent together in this way. Even a church in Jerusalem!
I’ve been teaching the use of hashtags and how to use them. “Tag your photos by typing in the hashtags #AliveNowMag and #adventphoto. Then click on the hashtag to see and pray the photographs of others.”
There is still plenty of time and need for Advent practice. This time of Advent starts to speed up and some sort of practice of stopping, praying, and listening is more important than ever.
“If you get rid of unfair practices,
quit blaming victims,
quit gossiping about other people’s sins,
If you are generous with the hungry
and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out,
Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness,
your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight.
I will always show you where to go.
I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places—
firm muscles, strong bones.
You’ll be like a well-watered garden,
a gurgling spring that never runs dry.
You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew,
rebuild the foundations from out of your past.
You’ll be known as those who can fix anything,
restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate,
make the community livable again.”
– Isaiah 58:12, The Message
Come, Spirit of Courage, creative Source of Healing. Amen.
The peony shut tight against the dampness and darkness of the morning.
The mushroom cup holding a sip of dew.
The dandelion seeds pulled together in dampness.
The rose petal drooping with the weight of the morning dew drops.
Look and see the beauty of a foggy morning.