Advent Praying in Color 2016: Christmas Eve

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I hope that you are having a wonderful time Following the Star as it rises this Advent.  For my star, I have decided to use the daily Word from www.adventword.org as the basis for my drawings.  Here is my star as Advent draws to a close with Christmas Eve:

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As you can see, I couldn’t limit myself to such a small space, so my tiny drawings have spilled out over the edges.  I can’t wait to see what it will look like by Epiphany (January 6).

God’s blessings to you as you conclude your Advent journey in faith.  Watch tomorrow for a new way to add to this star throughout the 12 days of Christmas.

p.s. If you are just now joining us to Follow the Star, start here:  https://goodgodideas.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/follow-the-star-advent-praying-in-color-2016/

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Stacked Star Ornament: Christmas Eve

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I have been working diligently on my stacked star ornament over the course of Advent.  I even cheated and finished one day early.  Here are my stars at the end of Advent:

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We have one more star to go!  Since it is large, I am planning to take all twelve days of Christmas to pray with it.  I will show you the final result on Epiphany.

If you missed this Praying in Color opportunity during Advent, you can catch up here:

https://goodgodideas.wordpress.com/2016/12/03/follow-the-star-2016-stacked-star-ornament/

Follow the Star: Advent Praying in Color 2016 Week 2.5 complete

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I hope that you are having a wonderful time Following the Star as it rises this Advent.  For my star, I have decided to use the daily Word from www.adventword.org as the basis for my drawings.  Here is my star complete up to today:

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As you can see, I couldn’t limit myself to such a small space, so my tiny drawings have spilled out over the edges.  I can’t wait to see what it will look like by Epiphany (January 6).

God’s blessings to you as you continue your Advent journey in faith.

p.s. If you are just now joining us to Follow the Star, start here:  https://goodgodideas.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/follow-the-star-advent-praying-in-color-2016/

Follow the Star 2016: Stacked Star Ornament

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Here is another idea for Praying in Color through Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany.  What about an ornament for the tree that grows from the bottom up, from a tiny star to a large one?  You can find the template here:  stacked-star-ornament-2016

On this, the third day of Advent, this is all that I have done so far:

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Here is the first star completed as the first week of Advent draws to a close.  I did the black squiggles on Sunday, and colored in a different color for each of the other six days of the week.  Tomorrow, we begin on the second star.

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Stay tuned as we assemble the stars into something beautiful!

Follow the Star: Advent Praying in Color 2016 week 1 complete

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I hope that you are having a wonderful time Following the Star as it rises this Advent.  For my star, I have decided to use the daily Word from www.adventword.org as the basis for my drawings.  Here is the first week complete:

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As you can see, I couldn’t limit myself to such a small space, so my tiny drawings have spilled out over the edges.  I can’t wait to see what it will look like by Epiphany (January 6).

God’s blessings to you as you continue your Advent journey in faith.

p.s. If you are just now joining us to Follow the Star, start here:  https://goodgodideas.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/follow-the-star-advent-praying-in-color-2016/

Follow the Star: Advent Praying in Color 2016

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This Advent, we will be following the account of Jesus’ birth in the Gospel of Matthew.  The Gospel of the Luke has Mary, the shepherds, and the angels, while the Gospel of Matthew focuses on Joseph, the wise men, and the star.  During the season of Advent we wait and prepare for Christ’s coming among us.  As we wait this year, we will follow the star as it rises.  Our Praying in Color resource will do the same, with the star growing in size and brightness each week until Christmas.   You can find the file here:  advent-pic-star-2016

It looks like this:

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The first week, you begin with the star in the center, coloring a small section of it each day until the star is complete.  Here is an example of what it might look like:

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You can color it with a single color each day, or include patterns, tiny sketches, or even words.  Whatever benefits your prayer life and your preparations for Christ is the right thing to do.

The second week, you begin to color the path around the second star.  Because there are 10 sections of “road” to cover, I suggest that you do four sections on Sunday, and one section each the rest of the days of the week.  This is what it might look like on Wednesday of the second week:

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When we get to the season of Christmas and the Feast of Epiphany, we will fill in the white space around the star, until the whole page shows forth Christ’s light to the world.

I will post my completed star each week on this blog. God bless you as you slow down and take some time to spend with God during this holy season.

Here is some music to listen to while you pray: