Welcome to the Ten Foot Church online calendar!

Here you'll find a daily:

  • bible verse
  • reflection
  • blessing
  • phone wallpaper

This calendar is created and maintained by Peter's House members! Each image and reflection are designed and written specifically for each day of advent. We hope you enjoy! 

-Antonia, Nichole, Nico, and Saskia

8th December, Day 8 of Advent

Sometimes, you take on the weight of everything you're carrying; you look around, see nobody you want to burden, and carry on one step at a time. You think that you have to stay strong for yourself and everyone else, and you're so focused on moving forward that everything starts to feel unbearable. It's alright to feel utterly lost, like the only thing you can do in the moment is sit down and cry. Crying is okay. It's not a sign of weakness, it simply shows that you're dealing with something emotional. You don't need to stay strong for yourself, you can choose to lean on the God who is present everywhere. You will never have to bear the weight of all you carry alone. God will help to strengthen you, and you can let others in your life share your burdens, as you offer to help with theirs.

 

 

A Blessing of Comfort

God be your comfort, and strength;
God be your hope and support;
God be your light and your way,
and the blessing of God,
Creater, Redeemer, and Giver of Life,
remain with you now and for ever.
Amen.

-New Zealand Prayer Book

 

Phone Wallpaper, Day 8 

 7th December, Day 7 of Advent 

 

It is important to live in the present because it is the only time where we can change something. Change something in our life and the life of others. We don't have to worry about yesterday or tomorrow because God cares for us - always. Sometimes we just have to let things go because otherwise they will paralyze us. And by letting go I mean bringing and giving them to God. Maybe through praying, through worship, or through something else. We can trust in him, he is constant and loving. And if he is for us, who can be against us? 

 

 

A Blessing in the Change of Things

Do not long for yesterday, Do not look forward to what might happen tomorrow. The same loving God who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either God will shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. So be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.

-St Francis de Sales

 

Phone Wallpaper, Day 7 

5th December, Day 6 of Advent

 

Right now all of us (the Peters House members) are in a country that is not their home country, but somehow we still know that God is with us. When you are in a difficult situation God is with you as well because he is everywhere you go. It is not just physically but also emotionally. God never allows pain without a purpose. Sometimes it is hard to remember that but it is very important.

 

 

Blessing of Courage

I cannot say
where it lives,
only that it comes
to the heart
that is open,
to the heart
that asks,
to the heart
that does not turn away.

It can take practice,
days of tugging at
what keeps us bound,
seasons of pushing against
what keeps our dreaming
small.

When it arrives,
it might surprise you
by how quiet it is,
how it moves
with such grace
for possessing
such power.

But you will know it
by the strength
that rises from within you
to meet it,
by the release
of the knot
in the center of
your chest
that suddenly lets go.

You will recognize it
by how still
your fear becomes
as it loosens its grip,
perhaps never quite
leaving you,
but calmly turning
into joy
as you enter the life
that is finally
your own.

—Jan Richardson
from The Cure for Sorrow

 

Phone Wallpaper, Day 6 

5th December, Day 5 of Advent 

 

 

God is light. He will always be the same even if he is surrounded by darkness. Light is a symbol of hope and life. If we don't see the light anymore we have to pray to him. He is trustworthy and we can always rely on him. If we live our life with him we can overcome the darkness.

 

 

A Blessing for Traveling in the Dark

Go slow
if you can.
Slower.
More slowly still.
Friendly dark
or fearsome,
this is no place
to break your neck
by rushing,
by running,
by crashing into
what you cannot see.

Then again,
it is true:
different darks
have different tasks,
and if you
have arrived here unawares,
if you have come
in peril
or in pain,
this might be no place
you should dawdle.

I do not know
what these shadows
ask of you,
what they might hold
that means you good
or ill.
It is not for me
to reckon
whether you should linger
or you should leave.

But this is what
I can ask for you:

That in the darkness
there be a blessing.
That in the shadows
there be a welcome.
That in the night
you be encompassed
by the Love that knows
your name.

—Jan Richardson

 

Phone Wallpaper, Day 5 

 

4th December, Day 4 of Advent 

 

Reflecting on the following blessing is tough. It speaks of sorrow, of tragedy, of hopelessness. "Look, the world is always ending somewhere," it says. Sometimes, that's life; it beats you down time and time again, every time you get right back up. This blessing exists simply because tragedy does too. I've included the following song as a ray of hope in a world that may seem like it's falling apart around you. "From now on, your troubles will be out of sight." Did you know the original version of the song Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas actually sings "next year all our troubles will be out of sight"? It's a subtle difference, implying that your struggles right now may take time to fade, but I do think I prefer the original, as it seems more real.  Whichever version you prefer, I hope this blessing and the meaning behind this song both find you where you are, this advent, and that you wrap yourself in the prayers and well wishes I'm sending your way. 

 

 

 

Blessing When the World is Ending

Look, the world
is always ending
somewhere.

Somewhere
the sun has come
crashing down.

Somewhere
it has gone
completely dark.

Somewhere
it has ended
with the gun,
the knife,
the fist.

Somewhere
it has ended
with the slammed door,
the shattered hope.

Somewhere
it has ended
with the utter quiet
that follows the news
from the phone,
the television,
the hospital room.

Somewhere
it has ended
with a tenderness
that will break
your heart.

But, listen,
this blessing means
to be anything
but morose.
It has not come
to cause despair.

It is simply here
because there is nothing
a blessing
is better suited for
than an ending,
nothing that cries out more
for a blessing
than when a world
is falling apart.

This blessing
will not fix you,
will not mend you,
will not give you
false comfort;
it will not talk to you
about one door opening
when another one closes.

It will simply
sit itself beside you
among the shards
and gently turn your face
toward the direction
from which the light
will come,
gathering itself
about you
as the world begins
again.

—Jan Richardson

 

Phone Wallpaper, Day 4 

3rd December, Day 3 of Advent 

 

 The holiday season calls for coming together. It's a time of reunion with friends and family. Because this arrives at the end of the year, it's also a time of renewal. If there's something you've thought about pursuing in the past, some goal you've wanted to reach, consider following a new path. It's never too late to reach out with blind faith, understanding that God will lead you where you're meant to be.  Whatever you do, wherever you go, "Let all that you do be done in love". Hold fast with the strength it takes to be kind in a world that can seem cruel, and heap forgiveness where possible.

 

 

Drawing Near
A Blessing to Begin Advent

It is difficult to see it from here,
I know,
but trust me when I say
this blessing is inscribed
on the horizon.
Is written on
that far point
you can hardly see.
Is etched into
a landscape
whose contours you cannot know
from here.
All you know
is that it calls you,
draws you,
pulls you toward
what you have perceived
only in pieces,
in fragments that came to you
in dreaming
or in prayer.

I cannot account for how,
as you draw near,
the blessing embedded in the horizon
begins to blossom
upon the soles of your feet,
shimmers in your two hands.
It is one of the mysteries
of the road,
how the blessing
you have traveled toward,
waited for,
ached for
suddenly appears
as if it had been with you
all this time,
as if it simply
needed to know
how far you were willing
to walk
to find the lines
that were traced upon you
before the day
that you were born.

—Jan Richardson

 

Phone Wallpaper, Day 3 

2nd December, Day 2 of Advent

 

Advent is a season of waiting and preparing for Jesus to come. He is the one who blessed us because he died to take our sins away. During the busy time of buying presents, working, learning and our daily life it is easy to forget the actual reason for celebrating Christmas. Maybe this calendar reminds you that Advent is a time of light and space.

 

 

 

 

Blessing the House of the Heart

If you could see
how this blessing
shimmers inside you,
you would never wonder
whether there will be
light enough,
time enough,
room enough for you.

If you could see
the way this blessing
has inscribed itself
on every wall
of your heart,
writing its shining line
across every doorway,
tracing the edge
of every window
and table
and hall—

if you could see this,
you would never question
where home is
or whether it has
a welcome for you.

This blessing wishes
to give you
a glimpse.
It will not tell you
it has been waiting.
It will not tell you
it has been keeping watch.
It would not
want you to know
just how long
it has been holding
this quiet vigil
for you.

It simply wants you
to see what it sees,
wants you to know
what it knows—
how this blessing
already blazes in you,
illuminating every corner
of your broken
and beautiful heart.

—Jan Richardson
from The Cure for Sorrow

 

Phone Wallpaper, Day 2

 1st December, Day 1 of Advent.

 

 

On this first day of Advent, I want you to remember where you're going. The past can be hard, the present can seem tough, and the future can look bleak. I'm not going to tell you that everything that has happened to you has happened for a reason, because that's not necessarily true. Whatever has brought you here, whatever struggles have placed you on the path you're on, I can only tell you that you're all the stronger for it, and that eventually there will come a day that you look around, see the light you've brought with you, and thank God for the endurance he's given you.

 

Blessed Are You Who Bear the Light

Blessed are you
who bear the light
in unbearable times,
who testify
to its endurance
amid the unendurable,
who bear witness
to its persistence
when everything seems
in shadow
and grief.

 Blessed are you
in whom
the light lives,

in whom
the brightness blazes—
your heart
a chapel,
an altar where
in the deepest night
can be seen
the fire that
shines forth in you
in unaccountable faith
in stubborn hope
in love that illumines
every broken thing
it finds.

– Jan Richardson

 

Phone Wallpaper, Day 1