Sunday, December 3, 2017

Hope * Advent Whispers


Advent is upon us.

It tiptoed in all quiet, dare I say caught us a bit off guard, even though we knew its annual arrival was right around the bend.

We didn't expect how deep our yearning would be.

When Sarah Bessey shared this Instagram photo-a-day 2017 challenge {along with a whole bunch of truly wonderful Advent resources}, Someone began to whisper, to nudge me.  And I quickly knew that this invitation was calling my name.  

Our name, all you who do community here in this little online space.

And though I don't know the first thing about Instagram and we're right in the middle of the Emotional Health Series, we're going to let go of the series, the examination of oft' heavy emotions, the needed yet intense conversation, 'til after the dawn of the new year.

And simply sit with the stark beauty, the sacred invitation, the utter necessity of observing Advent.

I'll be sharing treasured snapshots and Scriptures each day on the blog with the hope you'll find these visits a welcome opportunity to catch your breath, to savor a brief space of quiet ... a spiritual and emotional recalibration in the midst of the much-too-busy season that's upon us.

His season.

Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel ...



Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
-  Romans 12:12  -

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  1. Without hope we have nothing. Take it away and life is...well...hopeless. Meaningless.

    1. Amen.

      Without Jesus, we have nothing of eternal value.


  2. It's always amazing to me to look back at the first Christmas as it was at the time, when Mary and Joseph and the shepherds and all had no idea how everything would happen - but they knew the hope of centuries was being fulfilled. I can't imagine the joy!

  3. I love this idea, Linda, and I'm already enjoying your daily photos. I appreciate your willingness to let go of the emotional health series for awhile and simply rest in the beauty and quiet of the season at hand. Hugs, friend!

    1. Yep, it was time to release the intensity of the series and turn to reflect on the beauty, the yearning, the joy of this special time of year.

      Come, Thou long expected Jesus ...

  4. Such a beautiful idea and tradition. Photography helps me see the world so very attentively and slows me in the best of all ways. A perfect activity for the Advent season! Blessings!

    1. And you are some superb photographer! Your online home always soothes like a breath of fresh air.

      I'm glad you've stopped by at o'dark thirty today, friend ...


  5. Linda,
    Sounds wonderful....I'll be tuning in!! Just breathing the list of those words brings a wonderful stillness. Can't wait to see how you've captured it in pictures...
    Advent blessings to you,
    Bev xx

    1. We're having a wonderful experieence ... I'm so glad you're joining the party, Bev and hope you enjoyed leafing through this week's offerings.

      Blessings to you as you take a bit of a break from blogging. May you find your soul refreshed ...

  6. What a beautiful photo. I'll be looking out for your daily photos on IG.

    1. The blog is my Instagram! So glad you've joined us here, Rachel ...



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