Sunday, December 17, 2017

Advent- Week 2

Advent- Week 2
Loving the Advent devotions
 I am reading this year.
 They have been pretty timely.
 The word for today- Patience.
 I love that each calendar
 has a preset color palette.
Simply hold the pencils in one hand,
draw and color.
Helps me to keep my focus
 on the readings 
and the one word or phrase.
 Prayers for each day.
Gathered together.
Four calendars.
Four journeys.
One heart for Advent shaping.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Museum of the Bible



                                                  The Museum of the Bible 
 opened on Nov. 17, 2017 in 
downtown Washington, DC.
The museum’s building location and design 
were announced in 2012 
when the Green family
 (founders of Hobby Lobby)
 purchased the 
1923 Terminal Refrigerating 
and Warehousing Co. building,
 two blocks from the National Mall  
that used to be the Washington Design Center
 in Washington, D.C. 
The estimated $400 million project updated
 the historically protected structure as well as 
adding two additional floors
 and a rooftop cafĂ© and garden. 
The building's 1923 original red brick,
 architecture and ornamentation was restored,
 with new bricks imported from Denmark.  

We made a trek there this week
 to check out the space and exhibits.

 We were able to spend some time
 in the IllumiNations exhibit.
With my love for Bible Journaling,
 these early books were a delight to see.





        ( photo has light reflections - sorry)
 This visit included taking our 
one-year-old grandson Levi and his mom, Sara.
Levi loved The World of Jesus of Nazareth
where there is a wonderful replica
 of what Nazareth might have looked like 
when Jesus lived there. 
In fact, the synagogue is almost an exact replica
 of the one in the Village of Nazareth 
that we visit on our trips to Israel.
The hands-on Children's Gallery 
also was an active spot for a little guy too.
This view is from the Promenade-
 which runs all along this side
 on the 5th and 6th floor,
 with the U.S. Capitol to the right
 and the Washington Monument
 far to the left.
The Museum of the Bible
 is a beautiful building.
It will host special exhibits 
from prestigious museums 
and institutions around the world.
It will take a few more trips 
there to understand all 
the things located here.   

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Advent Visual Faith- Week 1


This year for Advent I am 
experimenting once again
with the practice of praying in color.
Here is week one of the
 4 calendars I am using. 
 I matched up 4 devotionals 
and chose 4 colored pencils
 to use for each of the pages.

 This page is using Pat Maier's calendar 
found on the Visual Faith Ministry website.
Visual Faith Ministry products
I paired it with the Chad Bird devotional- 
Glory to God in the Highest
 from Creative Communications.
 This is Sybil MacBeth's calendar
 and Trevor Hudson's Pauses for Advent.
What is the one Word 
from this devotional?
                                             This is Bev Wicher's calendar
 and a devotional called 
Moving Toward the Manger 
with the writings from Frederick Buchner.
 For this calendar I am adding 
Advent prayers for each day.
This is another of Sybil's calendars 
and Jesus- God's Promise-
excerpts from the writings 
of Henri J. M. Nouwen.

It is NOT to late to download
 and print one of these calendars
 and catch up on the 
Visual Advent journey for 2017.
It is always a delight 
to see just where the 
Holy Spirit takes the journey.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Advent Waiting


Working to keep a focus right now.
 Focus is just what is kind of hard. 
In recovery from first cataract surgery. 
And a check up today says 
there are a couple of unforeseen things. 
More tests tomorrow.
 Next surgery is up on Tuesday.  
Need more information.
Waiting.
Can't see close up and can't see 
distance too well right now.
 Glasses don't work.  
Readers don't work.
So that is all I have to say...
trying to keep a sense
 of calm anticipation.
 Lord, in YOUR hands. Amen.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Visual Faith- The VRSLY Project

The roundup for November.
My images.
 My journey.
With words of affirmation
 or encouragement.




His truth

My reality

My response- Give Thanks!

 With the gift of the cross
 in the center of it all.



Amen.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Advent Eve


 A lovely event today -
Saturday, December 2, 2017
as we gathered on Advent Eve Day
at First Baptist Church
in Springfield, Virginia.
An Advent Brunch.
Time to reflect, pause and ponder as we 
Await the Wonder 
of our Advent- Christmas 
celebrations.
We talked about how the Christ Child 
meets us in the mess of life, 
as we struggle to find margin space for Him.
Our prayer is that as we take the time
 to adjust expectations,
 we will be met with grace at the manger.
 We explored some Visual Faith
tools and practices.
We tried some exercises
 that help us to slow down, 
pay attention 
and deal with distractions.
What might our Advent journey
 actually LOOK LIKE
 if we take the time to tell the story?
Can a simple Word a Day 
help us to see what 
the Spirit is nudging at our soul?
Can these experiments draw us
 into a richer prayer life ?
Or enfold us into the the narrative
 of the story of God's Word?
Each person must find their own plan,
 discipline and challenge.
Our own personal Spiritual Formation plan-
 IEP-
 Individualized Education Plan.
Some collected Advent devotions,
 coloring books and reflections.
(Most found on Amazon)
 This group includes 
The Season of the Nativity
by Sybil MacBeth,
 and a downloadable and printable devotion
 by Illustrated Children's ministry.
Devotion books from 
Creative Communications for the Parish.
Some of the Advent calendars
 and the ADVENT-urous tag project
can be found on the 
Visual Faith Ministry website.
visualfaithmin.org
 Check out the project section 
and the free resources.

A thank you to Julie Zimmerman
 and her team for such a well-planned
 and enjoyable time.
May their Advent walk be blessed.



Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thanksgiving- Grandwonders


Thanksgiving Day- 
University Lutheran Chapel-
Ann Arbor, Michigan
with the Schumacher Family.
Eleven month old- Gordon
It was also a Thanksmas 
with this family as we won't
 see them for Christmas.
Tearing paper, contemplating dinner,
finding hidden snacks, 
and singing "O, Christmas Tree."
So there was also clothes basket rides.
Griffin- the pilot- tried out a ride
 on "airplane momma."
He liked his new animal flannel sheets.
Griffin and Poppa 
side by side in the kitchen.
Time to make some 
handprint ornaments.
Jack- the boy and his car.
Jack trying out the 
vintage French bread baking pan
 as a sorting tool.
Levi had some outside 
play time in Virginia.

These 4 Grandwonders-
our Thanksgiving blessing-
as well as every other day.
So we don't really know 
about the cause for a shirtless 
Thanksgiving or a napkin hat,
but it was part of a grace day of celebration.
So we truly give thanks
 for His goodness.