The Advent Calendar for Optimists 2020
"Christmas Day is the festival of optimism." (Helen Keller)
There's a new entry each day with a relevant quotable quote for optimists, a bible verse and an activity. You may get your daily Advent reminder by email or whatsapp message or social media - email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how you would like to receive it.
Day 6 of the Optimists' Advent: Friday 4 December 2020
“Despite the challenges we face, there is still cause for optimism at this time. However, we cannot overlook the anxiety, uncertainty and generally negative fall-out from COVID-19. Overcoming these challenges requires steadfast faith and hope which allow us to see the silver lining behind every dark cloud."
The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey D. Gibson Vicar-General of the Anglican Diocese of Barbados
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Commended by Judith Jochum, Pivot Church Geelong
Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Activity for Today: Daydream Like an Optimist
Visualisation and daydreaming are powerful human tendencies. They are very healthy and can be harnessed to make you more optimistic and more infectiously optimistic.
Visualise your best possible self and imagine a future in which all your goals have been achieved.
The experts suggest writing it down. Personally, I keep it in a document on my computer which I review once a month. There’s good evidence that it is a way of lifting yourself and those around you. Try it now.
Perfected and shared by Amanda Noz
Ingredients: 75g butter, 100g sugar, I tbspn each of finely chopped red and green glazed cherries and mixed peel, 50g of sultanas or raisins, 100g of flaked almonds, 1 tbspn cream, 400g of dark chocolate
Method: Preheat oven to 190C. Melt butter, add sugar and bring to boil. Add the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate. Place on a lined cookie tray in small flattened piles and cook for about 10 mins until golden. Loosen while still hot and when cool, dip the base in the melted chocolate.
Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles
"Above all, let us try to make Christ present in the hearts and lives of others. Yes, we have to be, each one of us has to be a source of hope and optimism for other people. What a beautiful Advent and what a beautiful Christmas we will have if we really have the joy of knowing that we are disciples of Jesus Christ who came to save us and to make us happy. "
Rev Kenneth Padley
"Hope is optimism. Hope is certainty. And hope is engagement. That is why we hope with expectation of the future, trust in Christ, and patience in waiting. Christian hope is bigger and better than we can begin to conceive. But in Advent, the season of hope, we come close to catching a glimpse."
Rev. Dr. J. Barrington Bates
"Jesus showed an unquenchable, confident optimism—even in seemingly dire situations. And he commanded us not to fear, but live in hope."
St Michaels with St Marys in St Albans The Advent Wreath on Tour 2020 at Prae Wood School
Fr Dave Austin osa
"Advent opens us to the ‘refreshment’ and ‘renewal’ of the Christmas celebration – two more ‘Christmas words’ perhaps, expressing God’s optimism for each of us in our human living and his gift of hopefulness that we so badly need. On this Gaudete Sunday, St Paul’s words from Philippians 4 should ring in our ears: ‘Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! The Lord is near.’"
"For some, Christ's [second] coming is terrifying. Old verities give way at his arrival. Those who make their living by the status quo do not rejoice when the status quo is threatened. Caesar trembles, empires topple, and the earth shakes. For those tied to the old age and its gods, its armies, its delusions of immortality, its false securities, the arrival of the Son of Man is bad news. `Apocalypse now,' cry the prophets of doom. Let us put away these prophets, close our eyes and speak optimistically of tomorrow. But those who have watched, who have heeded the signs, who have never made peace with the status quo, who have lived as if there were no tomorrow prick up their ears, straighten, stand on tiptoes. The Anointed One comes, their redemption is near and the world's doom becomes their deliverance".
"The certainty of Christian hope lies beyond passion and beyond knowledge. Therefore we must sometimes expect our hope to come in conflict with darkness, desperation and ignorance. Therefore, too, we must remember that Christian optimism is not a perpetual sense of euphoria, an indefectible comfort in whose presence neither anguish nor tragedy can possibly exist. We must not strive to maintain a climate of optimism by the mere suppression of tragic realities. Christian optimism lies in a hope of victory that transcends all tragedy: a victory in which we pass beyond tragedy to glory with Christ crucified and risen."
Monsignor Sabino Vengco Jr.
"Our present life is a matter of what is still to come. At no point is it everything already, nor is everything there. Our life is about birth, growth, and maturation; there is even fullness expected in the end of life, in death, into what is eternal. There are depths and dimensions in one’s life and in the world at large still to be discovered and explored, forces to be unlocked so that life can be brought to its full potential. Creation is in progress and its plenitude and completeness are waiting: an optimism that is an essential component of Christian faith."
Notre Dame Catholic Church
"God imbued us with some innate desire to look to the morning sun, to find optimism in the new leaf, and through it all to know that He loves us and will never abandon us."
The Very Reverend Dr James Rigney
"John the Baptist blends simple moral instruction on how to live in this climate of expectation, with words about the coming of the more powerful one. John is the route to Advent optimism."
Billy Graham, Evangelist
"I am an optimist not because I blindly hope - all evidence to the contrary - that somehow everything will work out all right. Nor am I an optimist because I believe in man's unlimited ability to solve his problems. I am an optimist ultimately because I believe in God."
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