I love Advent calendars, especially chocolate ones. We had one last year. It was so nice coming home from work and opening that day's door to retrieve a yummy piece of chocolate. Turns out the chocolate wasn't that yummy, but it was still a fun way to anticipate Christmas. I want an Advent calendar that I can reuse year after year. I would get a collection of 25 Christmas ornaments, possibly nativity-themed, to put in the little cubbies. Then, every day of Advent we'd have a new ornament to put on the tree.
I started thinking about getting an Advent calendar for this year and decided that maybe I should put my Advent energies into something that will bring a greater good. Every day of Advent 2010, I will pray for missions, and I'm inviting you to join me. Most of the missions organizations I love have daily prayer request pages on their websites. I'll admit that I'm not ambitious enough to go through all of them every day. What I will do is share the daily prayer request from one mission organization here.
P.S. This is still a work in progress. Feel free to make suggestions if you have an organization or ministry we can pray for.