"Miłość" ("MEE-woh-sh-ch" means "Love") – Connect and Shimmer this Advent!

Advent Greetings from Poland – “Love”! In Poland, Protestant youth sometimes greet each other with a fist bump and a shimmer. The shimmer requires you to kind of sparkle in the air with your open hand after the bump while you're pulling your arm back.

Advent Greetings from Poland – “Love”!

In Poland, Protestant youth sometimes greet each other with a fist bump and a shimmer. The shimmer requires you to kind of sparkle in the air with your open hand after the bump while you're pulling your arm back.

The greeting – good for passing the peace on Advent Sundays – means "Love!"

You can pronounce it: "MEE-woh-sh-ch!”—Love!

Get that sound of electricity going through the wire that defines the Polish language going on that final "sh-ch."
Pronounce both sounds fully.

Ours is a world where old divisions, searing hatreds, animosities and enmities threaten again and again to divide and destroy us. And yet, Advent hope for justice, desire for peace and rebirth of love remind us all that the return of joy is possible - even inevitable - if we have the faith to sustain that hope.

Sustaining hope takes doing - takes practicing the behaviors of love. So this Advent, keep hope and peace alive by stretching out your arms in a wide embrace and praying the whole world into heaven's open gates.

Then greet your neighbors in love: connect and shimmer gloriously with a spirit that spreads love worldwide.
Pronounce: "MEE-woh-sh-ch !!" – LOVE!! – with courage and conviction.

May Advent hopes for peace, love and joy truly be yours in this season of preparation and anticipation!

Liz and Doug Searles

Doug and Elizabeth Searles serve with the Evangelical Reformed Church in Poland.  They serve as mission workers for church growth and outreach.