photo © 2005 Rae Whitlock | more info (via: Wylio)I know a lot of congregations are trying to fight against the materialism and consumerism that have taken over this sacred season by encouraging their parishioners to spend less on gifts and give more to missions. I think this is a great way to persevere the true spirit of Christmas. However, during the December synchroblog I read a post by John C. O’Keefe who had an even better suggestion.
“This Advent many of us will light candles for Peace, Love, Joy and Hope. Instead of just lighting candles we should be asking some important questions. What have we done for peace? What have we done to share the love of God, through us, to others? How have we brought joy to the lives of others? Have we brought hope to others? “
John got me thinking. What if every church in Richmond, rather than just light a candle for Peace, Love, Joy and Hope actually engaged in activities that promote peace, love, joy and hope. That would be a real conspiracy and an amazing way to journey toward the coming of Christ on Christmas.
I would be willing to help any church in the metro Richmond area who would like to embrace this advent idea next year. Hope someone out there will take me up on this offer. I think it would be great fun! Embrace team, what do you think? Could we plan some opportunities for extending peace, love, joy and hope into the Richmond community next year over advent?