Comfort and Joy Advent

Thanksgiving hasn’t arrived yet, but the hints of Christmas are everywhere you look—from television commercials to Target, it seems as if the whole country is ready to bust out the tree and the tinsel.
But maybe the holidays are bittersweet for you. Maybe a season that once held so much joy and anticipation is now touched by grief and longing. Longing for what was, longing for the Hope to come.
This year, l created the “Comfort and Joy Advent” social media event with you in mind and l invite you to join in. Each day there will be a writing prompt to prepare our hearts for the season, as well as to recognize the components of lamentation and anticipation that can be found in the advent season.
Each day (or as often as you choose), use the prompt as a starting point to share your heart in as many or as few words as you wish. Post a photo on your Instagram, Facebook, or blog, along with your response for the day. By using the #comfortandjoyadvent hashtag, you’ll be able to follow along and connect with others as they too prepare their weary hearts for Christmas.

Daily Writing/Post Prompts:
December 1-Winter
December 2- The empty seat at the table
December 3- Hope and expectation
December 4- Oh come, Emmanuel
December 5- I wish they knew
December 6- Scripture
December 7- Traditions past
December 8- New traditions
December 9- Silent night
December 10- Faith
December 11- Christmas mourning
December 12- Light in the darkness
December 13- Scripture
December 14- Savoring the season
December 15- The first Christmas
December 16- Community
December 17- Joy to the world
December 18- Fear not
December 19- Love
December 20- Scripture
December 21- The new year
December 22- Comfort
December 23- The gift
December 24- Peace on earth
December 25- Praise