We’ve included the link for Biola’s Online Advent Calendar in our list of recommended Advent devotional sites for 2014, but this Advent resouce is so special, it deserves a post of its own.
Here’s a description of the site:
Advent is as much about the solemn tension of “now and not yet” as it is about the joy and magnificence of our present gift: God in flesh, our hope divine.
This online Advent Project is designed to help us pause each day to reflect on the beauty and meaning of the season. It utilizes the arts (music, poetry, prose, film, painting, photography), representing a diverse spectrum of styles and time periods, to interact with Scripture over the course of six weeks.
The calendar starts on the first day of Advent, November 30, 2014, and continues through Epiphany, January 6, 2015. Each day features a biblical passage, a devotional written by a member of the Biola community, a work of visual art and a piece of music.
Week one explores the theme of “Longing and Waiting” (Nov. 30 – Dec. 6), week two focuses on “The Coming of Christ” (Dec. 7-13), week three reflects on “Signs, Dreams and Angelic Visitations” (Dec. 14-20), week four ponders the reality that “Joy is Come Into the World” (Dec. 21-27), week five explores different facets of what “Christmas Is” (Dec. 28 – Jan. 3) and week six concludes with a liturgical celebration of “The Christ of Christmas” (Jan. 4-6).
You can read more here. (At that same link, there is also a fantastic 4 minute video explaining what Advent is all about, with a focus on the “two postures” of Advent – looking back and rejoicing that Christ has come, and yet longing for His coming again and an end to all the brokenness we see in the world.)
Here’s the link to the Advent calendar where you’ll find each day’s entries.