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Advent Scripture Writing Challenge

November 17, 2020

This Christmas season, you are invited to join in on an advent scripture writing challenge that will change your life!

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I think we’re all entering this advent season with heaviness in our hearts.  No matter how excited we are for the upcoming holidays, there are shadows in the back of our minds of people missing from gatherings, not being able to gather at all, and just the weight of the world.  I’ve never experienced a season where the phrase “The Weary World Rejoices” rings more true.

I, for one, know this advent season is vital for getting my heart and mind ready to celebrate the coming of Jesus and I’m going to lean into that with all my being.

The Heart of Advent

Over the last year, I have been digging into many aspects of faith I’ve never understood or practiced in the past.  One wonderful tradition that many followers of Jesus throughout history have leaned into is the church calendar.  There’s so much beauty in using the seasons and holy days to get our hearts centered on our faith.  There are tons of good books you can read on the church calendar (this is a good one) so I’m not going to dig into that here.

But Advent…

I’ve always known bits of pieces of the way the Church has observed Advent for hundreds of years.  I’ve done the advent wreath, I know how it’s about remembering the birth of Christ while looking forward to His return, I’ve opened the little doors that have candy behind them (oh, that’s not church tradition???  It should be! 😉 )  But I’ve never really dug into the heart of Advent.

Advent is actually sort of a mini Lent in the church calendar.  Traditionally families wouldn’t set up their Christmas trees until Christmas Eve, wouldn’t sing Christmas carols (Sidenote: Did you know there are Advent carols???  Songs like “O Come O Come Emmanuel” are actually Advent carols.  Here’s a spotify playlist I found that is full of beautiful Advent songs.), and would fast from holiday treats.  Of course, they also got to celebrate 12 whole days of Christmas from the 25th until January 5th so they didn’t have to miss out on all the holiday fun.

Given the fact that modern western Christmas traditions kinda clash with a lot of these traditions, I’m absolutely picking and choosing which to follow.  I mean, come on, I CANNOT not listen to Christmas music.

What I’m Doing this Advent

This fall I have begun journaling Scripture for the first time.  I can’t believe it took me 32 years to sit down and intentionally write out the word of God.  It’s amazing how writing out Scripture slows you down and allows you to really reflect on what the passages are saying.  It’s a soothing balm to the spirit and somthing I want to do more of.

This Advent season, I will be spending some time each day to write out passages of the Bible.  I will center my heart of the miracle of the coming of Jesus while looking forward to His return.  I invite you to do the same.

Since Advent always starts the fourth Sunday before Christmas, there are always a different number of days to the Advent season.  Because of this, I am going to take the easy way out and just focus on the month of December – the 25 days leading up to Christmas.  That way I can reuse this writing plan in future years.

In the plan I put together you’ll find three different types of passages.  In this advent scripture writing challenge, you’ll find five passages focus on prophecy of the first coming of Jesus.  These passages remind us of the anticipation the Jews felt as they awaited the Messiah.  Five passages focus on the promise of the return of Christ.  These passages invite us to look ahead with excitement, knowing that He IS coming back!  The rest of the passages tell the story of Christmas.  They allow us to get our hearts and minds grounded in the Truth of what happened 2000 years ago.

Advent Scripture Writing Challenge

December 1st: John 1:1-5
December 2nd: Hebrews 9:23-28
December 3nd: Luke 1:5-17
December 4rd: Luke 1:18-25
December 5th: Isaiah 40:3-5
December 6th: Luke 1:26-38
December 7th: Matthew 1:18-25
December 8th: Revelation 19:11-16
December 9th: Luke 1:39-56
December 10th: Luke 1:57-66
December 11th: Luke 1:67-79
December 12th: Micah 5:2-4
December 13th: Luke 2:1-7
December 14th: Revelation 1:4-8
December 15th: Luke 2:8-14
December 16th: Luke 2:15-20
December 17th: James 5:7-11
December 18th: Isaiah 42:1-4
December 19th: Luke 2:21-35
December 20th: Luke 2:36-40
December 21st: Isaiah 9:6-7
December 22nd: Matthew 24:36-44
December 23rd: Matthew 2:1-6
December 24th: Matthew 2:7-12
December 25th: Daniel 7:13-14

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