Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Alternative Advent in Germany

This is one of the beautiful photos from the der Andere Advent calendar from Germany.
The idea is to encourage people to have 12 minutes of silence each day.
There are lovely stories to make you smile as well as encouragements to more solidarity and reponsibility.
The photos for the Sundays in the calendar especially encourage thinking about waiting. There are also reader forums for people to exchange their experiences and prayer concerns.
A more Christian approach to Advent and Christmas is not about being more judgemental or more of a killjoy but about truly living in the moment, recognising God's generosity and learning to be more generous and grace-filled ourselves. Learning silence is part of that.