So today I went to church for the first time in a very, very long time. The husbear was playing guitar for a choir started by some friends, and it was great to see them all perform. Everyone at the Methodist Church was incredibly sweet and welcoming, and they were so appreciative of the choir for performing.
Fast forward past the post-church nap, and I’m sitting here with a small glass of pumpkin eggnog, soaking up the warmth of the first fire of the season. I’m pondering the fact that there are some things that Christians do very, very well, and we could learn from them.
For example, the daily devotional. This has been something I’ve really wanted to recreate in a Pagan context. That’s the whole meaning behind the podcast I’ve been working on, Bewitching Your Day. I love the idea of a little snippet of spirituality for your day- something to consider, something to meditate on. I really do want to get back to the ‘cast, it’s just a LOT of work. Still, I think it’s work that’s worth doing, and maybe someone will get something out of it.
And what about the paper daily devotional idea? My grandmother used to read them religiously (heh.), and I think the Pagan community could benefit from something like this. Even if not done on paper, a website where different people write a little inspirational essay every day could really be beautiful. Another project to ponder.
Another Christian tradition I’ve been thinking a lot about is the advent calendar. I love the idea of counting down to the Winter holiday of choice, with a little meditation and/or treat for each day, and it’s something I’d like to make for next year. I’ll obviously post pictures/plans/etc if I do. I could just buy a regular advent calendar and then eat all the rest of the candy on Yule, but I would like to really Paganize it. Granted, that could be tough if Yule is on the 20th or 22nd, but still. I think it’s a good idea.
At any rate, I hope everyone is having a lovely pre-holiday season. I’ll just be over here, hunkering down with my bear and trying to stay warm, hatching plots and schemes and planning projects I may never get to.
EDIT: I did do a search on ‘Pagan daily devotional’, and I found a few things. Among them is this: http://daily-pagan.com/ , which is a daily devotional email. What a great idea! So I immediately signed up. I’ll let y’all know if it’s good.