Welcome to the DWCC’s Advent Companion that we’re calling Hopeful Imagination!
Read John 1:5-8.
For eight years we’ve been part of the fabric of our neighbourhoods. We’ve moved in, invested in downtown neighbourhoods, and we have used the language of “lighthouses” to describe ourselves. The image is that of light shining in the darkness. This past year we’ve shifted the emphasis away from individual homes to that of missional communities, moving people out of isolation and into a sense of belonging as part of an extended family. Each missional community is as its name implies, a community on mission to be witnesses to the light in a specific place. Each missional community begins with the idea of hopeful imagination; we ask where is God at work in our neighbourhoods? How can we see the assets and gifts of our neighbourhood instead of just the negative aspects of that same space? Can we see the places we inhabit with hope and can we bring a fresh imagination of joining God in these places?
Questions to Ponder:
How do your neighbours perceive you? Do you know their names and their stories?
What small change can you make today that will reveal a bit more of your light to your neighbours and neighbourhood?