The Advent Calendar for Optimists 2020
"Christmas Day is the festival of optimism." (Helen Keller)
This is our first Advent Calendar and we will add an entry each day of Advent 2020 with a relevant quotable quote and 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.
What is Advent? Advent is a season of the liturgical year observed in most Christian denominations as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ at Christmas. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year in Western Christianity.
Sunday 29 November 2020: Day 1
"Christmas Day is the festival of optimism."
I have been a lifelong optimist. Like most optimists, I have my share of grief and failure, but I always think that things will work out alright in the end. (Victor Perton)
Rev Jack Stroman
On this first Sunday of Advent there is a new sense of hope, optimism, joy and love being unleashed upon us. There is a feeling of great expectation that something significant is about to happen as we sing together that great opening hymn of Advent:
“O Come thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, and let us find our rest in thee”
Pastor Peter Ryan, First and Christ United Methodist Churches
"Today, our Advent “word” is hope. What is hope? To me, the word represents that which we long for. It’s a word of optimism. A word that says that while we may not be living in the best of circumstances right now, we believe in a better future. Somehow things will change. There will be a turnaround. Things will be set to right."
Holy Family of Bordeaux
This first Sunday of Advent speaks the language of hope. Advent forces us to face that serious question: what are we to do about our hopes, ideals and plans? We need Advent in order to be guided by Church prayer and biblical readings. Advent can restore the optimism, vitality and innocent joy of youthful hope. It may be that God will use our sacrifices to shower blessings in another part of the world which we will never visit.
Matthew 1:18-25: Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
Activity for Today: Smile Like an Optimist
Smile! Smile at every person you meet and pass today. Smile at yourself in the mirror. Check that you are smiling on video too!
Never underestimate the power of a smile. We know that smiling stimulates brain patterns which reinforce feelings of happiness and optimism. Smiling does so in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match. In short: our brain feels good and tells us to smile: we then smile: this then tells our brain it feels good and the cycle goes on!
Are you smiling now? Have you smiled at anyone today?
Some easy steps to smile more: