Hopeful Waiting: Time To Get Out the Advent Wreath

I love the season of Advent! I’ll break out the Christmas decorations in a couple of weeks, but for now I am going to experience the joy of hopeful waiting. So I got out the base of my Advent wreath. I still need to get some greenery to put around it, but for now that can wait. 🙂

I like appreciating this moment. It is not Christmas yet.

The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before … What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God’s [back] fade in the distance. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the horizon.

Jan L. Richardson

It is so easy to miss this season of “not yet”.

So I am working on patience for the next few weeks. I don’t need everything right away. The busyness of Christmas will wait. This is the time to ponder the wonder of Love living in our midst. And what does that really mean in my life. How does the reality of the Incarnation change me? And can I be patient with those changes, which as I get older I realize take place over decades. The Holy Spirit seems to work on me very slowly.

I will even be patient with my Advent wreath which doesn’t have it’s green stuff yet.





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