The Light Has Come // November Wrap-Up and the Advent Project

November is over! It was a very full month for me – full of studying, friends, competition, holidays, food, excitement, disappointment, joy… God has been very good! This post is going to be a bit of a combination post, with a very short monthly wrap-up, and the start of a series on Advent (more on that later).

//Life//

Well, there was the Bible Bee. I already wrote pretty much all the words about that here, so I won’t go back over it, but it was awesome. And before that, there was basically studying and school. Since we got back I’ve been mostly catching up on school, writing things, journalling, and generally savoring the unusual reality of free time.

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//Reading and Writing//

I think it’s fairly obvious that I got little to no reading or writing done before Nationals? (Other than school, obviously, and most of that was scientific stuff >.<) But since we got back, I’ve already written a couple poems, blown through one book (Ashtown Burials by N.D. Wilson if you were wondering), and started two others.

//Blogging//

So I actually did three posts this month? I did a review of my good friend Isabella Morganthal’s book, Worth it All, which is a book about Bible Bee so it came at a great time! I also posted about a really exciting new thing I’m working on, the Fringe of Eternity project, and of course there was the aforementioned Bible Bee post.

//Looking Ahead//

This is the month of December. Christmas season, in case you hadn’t noticed. Our family has lots of traditions surrounding Christmas; but particularly Advent. People celebrate Advent in lots of different ways (most of them involve candles); but the idea is that you take the month before Christmas to remember Jesus’ birth.

I thought this year I’d do something similar on here. Each day of December, I’ll write a short poem (more like a snippet), and post them once a week. Hopefully it’ll help me (and you) keep our eyes fixed on Christ this season.

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I may also be making some changes to the format of this blog soon, so keep an eye out!

And to finish, here’s Day One of the Advent project.

The darkness fell before she took a bite;
Creation plunged into the deadly curse.
And Eden watched their faces lose the light,
Fall prey to hunger and consuming thirst.

His staff would part the sea, he struck a rock
For water; prayed for manna from on high.
He climbed the stormy mount, he spoke with God –
But a far greater prophet would draw nigh.

Isaiah spoke and Jeremiah wept,
Ezekiel uttered prophecies of doom,
And Jonah ran from God. While Israel slept,
Hosea loved again a prostitute.

And through their stories echoed one great theme –
The Light has come, His people to redeem.

So, how was your November? Do you do anything for Advent? What kinds of Christmas traditions does your family have?

 

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