Advent 2016: Cultivate Wonder
As we begin this season of Advent 1, a time of waiting, expecting, and hoping, let’s pursue a life together filled with the wonder of knowing Jesus.
As Makoto Fujimura wisely notes, “For a Christian, imagination is even more valuable: ‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’ (Hebrews 11:1) If you take this word of the New Testament seriously, it follows that you must have imagination in order to have faith.”
Just as the birth of Jesus would have been all-too-easy to miss, so is altogether too easy to become jaded to the wonder all around us.
Throughout this Advent season, we encourage you to see our Father’s world through new eyes.
Say yes to the small adventures all around you.
Cultivate amazement and joy,
Discover truth that makes you smile or gasp.
As our friend Steve Garber says, we must learn to see things as they really are, hearts that are formed to see the good, the true, and the beautiful.
During the next four weeks, go on an adventure around San Diego and:
- Bring someone with you (family or friend)
- Share a photo on our Facebook page or Instagram, and hashtag it #AnchorCityWonder
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- The Troll Bridges & Munchkin House of La Jolla [map from MSPC here]
- Christmas light displays around town
- Harper’s Topiary Garden
- Fallen Star @UCSD
- Spruce Street Suspension Bridge
- Double Peak Hike San Marcos
1. Beginning four Sundays prior to Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve, Advent helps us prepare for the coming, or “advent” of the Christ child at Christmas. The word “advent” comes from the Latin word that means “arrival.” (via Mark Roberts)