Sketching Advent

Things have been a bit quiet on this blog the past week for a few reasons:

  1. It's Thanksgiving week so I have been spending time with my family and pie. But mainly family.
  2. EA has been in Tennessee most of the week, which means I have been keeping our boys solo and my respect for single parents has grown exponentially in that time.
  3. I have been working on an idea for the blog that will be a pretty large undertaking for the next month.

Let me talk a little more about that third item. Advent, the time of year in which the church prepares for Christmas, begins on Sunday and I wanted to do some sort of spiritual practice during the season this year. I have always loved the visual arts but the ceiling of my artistic ability is pretty much stick figures. Even still, I decided that for each day of Advent I am going to draw a little picture of some aspect of the Advent/Christmas season that has meant something to me: songs, scripture passages, lines from Christmas specials or movies, etc.

Even though these drawings are no more than mere doodles, I decided to call this Sketching Advent because Doodling Advent doesn't sound right. I'm mentioning this because I think it would be a cool practice and wanted to invite anyone else to participate if you'd like. After all, these type of things are a lot more fun in community. If you want to post your pictures on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, just use the hashtag #SketchingAdvent. And don't worry about artistic ability or anything like that. Like I said, I'll be setting the bar pretty low.

I'll also be posting here on the blog short-ish devotionals for each picture I post. Could this be a terrible idea in which I flame out within a week or start repeating myself? Absolutely. But I'm going to try and I hope you'll join me here for it. Hope you have a great finish to your Thanksgiving weekend and lovely beginning to Advent.


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