It’s beginning to look – a little – like Christmas
driving around the neighborhood . . . pansies blooming . . . and Christmas decorations
Time seems to move so fast these days.
Tuesday is the Advent Concert [Expectant Waiting] at the church
(which is a great way to begin this Christmas season).
Thursday is the Holiday Stroll and Parade.
and then . . . and then . . . and then . . .
The earth has grown old with its burden of care
But at Christmas it always is young,
The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair
And its soul full of music breaks the air,
When the song of angels is sung.”
~ Phillips Brooks (1835-93), American Episcopal bishop, wrote ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’.
Advent is a winter training camp for those who wish for peace.
Life is a constant Advent season: we are continually waiting to become, to discover, to complete, to fulfill. Hope, struggle, fear, expectation and fulfillment are all part of our Advent experience. The world is not as just, not as loving, not as whole as we know it can and should be. But the coming of Christ and his presence among us–as one of us–give us reason to live in hope: that light will shatter the darkness, that we can be liberated from our fears and prejudices, that we are never alone or abandoned.
May this Advent season be a time for bringing hope, transformation and fulfillment into the Advent of our lives.
Posted on November 30, 2009, in celebrations, Christmas, Seguin, Texas and tagged Advent, Christmas, decorations, First United Methodist Church, Holiday Stroll, parades, Seguin, Texas. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.