looking ahead

That’s what Advent is about. Looking ahead, anticipating. And today is the first Sunday of Advent.

For Advent this year I’ll be looking ahead and looking back.

I’ve been wrestling for the past couple weeks with the question of my thankfulness, or, more accurately, my lack of it. Into that thinking came Robert Hruzek. Every month he invites people to write a post about what they learned from [something]. For December, the challenge will be “what I learned from the generosity of others.”

As I was thinking about that topic today, I thought of one post, and then another, and then another. I realized that a wonderful approach to Advent, to understanding grace and generosity and unmerited favor (that’s for the seminary trained readers of this blog), would be to be grateful. So that’s going to be my theme for the next month. You can join me each day if you wish.

Some of you will be looking at my Advent ebook starting tomorrow, December 1. I’ve love to know whether it helps your anticipation of Christmas this year.  It is available as a FREE downloadable pdf, advent2008, (Right click on the link to the left and save the file to your computer). Or leave me a comment and I can email it to you. It’s also a digital book on yudu.

Looking ahead to 2009, I’m starting a new site, 300wordsaday.com. I’ll be working with a number of people, maybe with you, to help people follow Jesus 300 words a day. Don’t worry if that isn’t of interest to you. That’s why it will be over there. But I just wanted to let you know.

Why is that what it’s called? Because 300 words is long enough to help us think and not so long we are overwhelmed. It looks exactly like this.

12 responses to “looking ahead

  1. Jon, that sounds like a good theme, and one that will resonate with many of your readers I’m sure.

    I’ll be following along.

  2. my first reaction was, “thank you” and then ii realized that I would be
    starting early.🙂 but thank you anyway.

  3. Thank you. I so anticipated the season I read the whole devotional in one fell swoop and now can go back day by day to savor.
    Blessings
    M

  4. I just downloaded it (and am resisting the urge to do what Melissa (above) did!). I did take a sneak peak and love the photos for each day. I’m anticipating Advent, anticipating Christmas, and anticipating reading this every day.

    Diana Scimone
    Born to Fly International, Inc.
    http://www.born2fly.org
    http://www.dianascimone.com

  5. thank you melissa. I know the feeling. I am not a day by day person. though
    i am learning.

    And thank you Diana. I’ll pass on the comments on the photos to my son
    Andrew who did most of them.

  6. I am looking forward to using the Advent reader this year. Last year was the first time my wife and I observed Advent (Baptist background). I am also looking forward to the new 300 words site.

  7. i love your theme for next year Jon.

  8. sorry next month

  9. sorry for the string of comments, I should better collect my thoughts before i click submit. My older brother has an post on advent that may be of interest to some of you. you can find it here http://thethinplaceproject.wordpress.com/2008/12/01/incarnation/ It may peak the interest of some of you folks

  10. follow the link in Philip’s comment. I have.

  11. Jon, I em’d the link to a friend who lives in China. She’s not able to open the file (sadly not unusual–a lot of things are blocked), but asked if you’d email it to her. I’ll DM you her em. Thanks…and just thought you’d like to know your devotional is about to be enjoyed in China!
    Diana