Day 10 – Online Advent Calendar

In Advent by Jacob McGarry

It’s 13 days until Christmas!
Every day of Advent we will present you with treats and tries. Treats are totally free giveaways sponsored by Westwinds and our friends in the community. Tries are challenges designed to help you experience a more meaningful Christmas season.

Today we’re giving you a pack of wallpapers for your computer or phone from the art of Nativity and Kingdom. This art depicts the birth of Jesus at the Nativity. This wallpaper can be in your day in the same way that prayer can – it’s behind everything you do, and can quickly become the center of attention.

Download the wallpapers here.

You can still download the PDF of Nativity and Kingdom!

Today, we want you to try a kind of prayer based on art. Many people find it useful to employ icons during prayer. If you’ve never tried this, don’t be alarmed. An icon is an image that we use to help focus our thoughts on God. Icons are just tools. They are not substitutes for God.

Find an artistic representation of God that shows God as any of the following manifestations, then pray as though God were only that. Here’s the different manifestations of God from the Bible.

Lord (Jeremiah 32.27: “I am the Lord, the God of all flesh …”)
Priest (Hebrews 4.14: “We have a high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus, the Son of God …”)
Friend (John 15.15: “No longer do I call you servants, but friends …”)
Mother (Isaiah 66.13: “As a mother comforts her young, so I will comfort you …”)
Creator (Job 38.4: “Where were you when I created the foundations of the earth?”)
Lady Wisdom (Proverbs 8.1: “Does not wisdom call out?”)
Counselor (Isaiah 9.6: “He shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace …”)
Model (1 Peter 2.21: “Christ suffered for you, leaving you a model so you might follow in his footsteps …”)

We hope this kind of prayer is useful to you, and that the wallpaper helps you have a happier Christmas!