BLESS ADVENT CALENDAR DAY 11 | ARCHIE BAGNALL
"The illustration process for this piece was long and drawn out. It was a lesson in both patience, and waiting for its completion. It is intended as the skyline before the arrival of the star pointing to Jesus in Bethlehem, the drawing is about waiting for the arrival of Christ and the star that would lead people to him."
BLESS ADVENT CALENDAR DAY 10 | HOPEFULLY MADE
Coal and Diamonds
Every human being
has a worth worth saying
is a sound worth saying
a prayer worth praying
You see coal - God sees diamonds.
In the grace
of the gifts God gives
in everything that lives
Greater gifts to be discovered
Deep in you
Disguised, Dust covered
You see coal - God sees diamonds.
a servant generation
Kindness as the kindling
to kick-start transformation
Love as liberation
of a captive creation
We are digging for the diamonds God sees.
Travel photography by Jacob Kelly. Travel journalling by Imogen Kershaw:
"Waiting can only bring greatness.
Through listening and patience, we can grow in a way in that God has intended.
Unique. Individual to us alone.
Our gifts will unravel, allowing new sparks to spurt.
For receiving smiles to move mountains.
For us to rejoice in Gods perfect timing.
HIS perfect timing.
So that our waiting will bring greatness.
We can be great.
We are great.”
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BLESS ADVENT CALENDAR DAY 08 | TOM PRICE
"Advent, for me, is tinged with suspense. Not in a Hitchcockian, shadows and screechy strings kind of way, but in a slow, lingering sense of the word.
Pregnancy, overland journeys, the shepherd’s night watch, furtive meetings with kings. The landscape of advent is cinematic and brooding. Full of high stakes and unexpected plot lines. And the no-room-at-the-inn moment carries a whiff of both the tragic and the comic about it.
But the suspense of advent progresses at a donkey’s pace. A slow-burning accumulation of excitement and anticipation, of hope, anxiety and wonder.
So why this picture of the seashore? When thinking about advent I remembered the Portuguese word saudade which is often translated into something like ‘longing’ or a sense of missing someone or thing. But its meaning in Portuguese is far more complex than that. Its roots are intertwined with the maritime heritage of Portugal: saudade conjures a multifaceted sense of the oceanic passions and emotions of migrating away from family, home and familiar lands. And contained within this, the hope of a return. Saudade is staring out at the infinite sea, and longing to be reunited with the subject of your love.
This photograph popped through my letter box this week. I took the picture over six months ago on an old medium format film camera in Wales. From conception to birth, this picture has been hiding away for quite a while. I could pick the image apart technically and compositionally, but something about the waiting has made me treasure it. And maybe it isn’t the best comparison to the advent story, but I feel like there’s something of advent in it.
So here’s my advent picture of a beach. Happy waiting!”
BLESS ADVENT CALENDAR DAY 07 | RACHEL STUBBS
"I’ve been listening to quite a bit of Sufjan Stevens’ Christmas Album recently, which may explain how this little worshipper came about. I love this verse from my favourite carol ‘O come O come, Emmanuel’, it puts a shiver down my spine.”
O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer,
Our spirits by thine advent here,
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.
- Focal Length
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II
BLESS ADVENT CALENDAR DAY 06 | LAURA AMY LIDERTH
It’s Sinterklaas! In the Bless office we are eating Kruidnoten, and Olive has joined us. She is nearly 1.
Trek uwe beste tabberd an,
Reis daar mee naar Amsterdam,
Van Amsterdam naar Spanje,
Daar Appelen van Oranje,
Daar Appelen van granaten,
Die rollen door de straten.
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TOP 5 ALBUMS:
TOP 5 PALLETABLES:
TOP 5 EUROPEAN WORDS:
Gökotta. [Swedish] “Dawn picnic to hear the first birdsong; the act of rising in the early morning to go outside.”
Sobremesa. [Spanish] “The time spent around the table after a meal; time to digest and savour both food and friendship.”
Blits. [Dutch] “Cool, hip, trendy.”
Erlebnisse. [German] “The experiences, good or bad, that we feel most deeply and through which we truly live.”
Blablaté. [French] “Blabbing on about something or chatting informally.”
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