Did you know that the word ‘Advent’ means “coming”? That Christ has come (the First Advent) and is coming again (the Second Advent). This year’s Advent season began on Sunday, November 27th (which makes this post slightly behind) and ends on December 24th. The purpose of this season is to celebrate the birth of Christ and reflect on the hope, light and deliverance His arrival brought.
In the spirit of Advent, I’ve decided to participate in a photography Advent project that I recently found online – the Watch For Light Project. And I wanted to extend the invitation for others to join.
Overall, the intent of the project is to focus our attention on God’s creation. To intentionally observe our surroundings with the purpose of identifying the hope and light of Christ. To renew our sense of wonderment for our Creator. To prepare our hearts to celebrate His birth.
If you’d like to take part in this project, here’s what you’ll need:
- Smartphone (iPhone preferred but I’m bias)
- Instagram app and account (it’s free!)
- Twitter and/or Facebook account
- Open heart and eyes… and a little inspiration
- In your daily activities, try to look for images, occurrences or people that remind you of the hope and light of Christ. Something that makes you ponder or reflect on the beauty and awe of God’s creation. When you find it, pull out your trusty smartphone and snap a photo
- Add a title or description to the photo that briefly describes why you took it
- Post this photo to Instagram as well as Twitter and/or Facebook
- If posting on Twitter, add the hashtag #adventpicaday so all participants can follow along
For those of who you aren’t smartphone users but like the idea and would still like to take part. Simply take a daily photo using a digital camera (or film camera for those old-schoolers out there) and when you upload it to your computer, add the date and a descriptive tag. At the end of the season, you could even create an Advent scrapbook to reflect on for many Christmases to come.
If you’re going to take part, I’d love to hear about it. I’ll also try to periodically post some of my Advent photos to this blog.