Arctic blast here in Indiana – what about you? Now that it feels like winter, I’m preparing gifts and we’re merging family calendars. For both the hustle and the joy of this season, we offer you a brand-new Advent calendar.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because God has anointed me to preach good news to the poor, proclaim deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18) Advent is when we wait, most poignantly, for Jesus to break into our world, God-in-flesh, liberator, teacher, healer.

Too easily, December is full of shopping lists, baking cookies, going to pageants, hosting parties, and feeling that sense of MORE – get more stuff, do more things, eat more sweets…all the opposite of what Jesus is about. Like a season of greed for MORE gifts, rather than gratitude for the greatest gift already given.

Global Women’s Project offers the Advent Calendar to nurture gratitude (rather than greed) within the midst of Advent. This calendar is filled with scripture, prayer prompts, activities and taxes, along with a color-by-day Christmas image. Use it personally, as a family, in your congregation, etc.

More information, including a Sunday school lesson plan to introduce the calendar, available at Global Women’s Project website:

Print and share the calendar (attached) freely.

In Christ’s service –

Anna Lisa, for GWP

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