Today marks the first Sunday of Advent and as I woke up this morning my first thought was “It’s time to open the Christmas box!”. I leapt out of bed and headed to the box that holds all the ornaments and Advent readings I’ve collected over the years. Finding the candle was a little harder since I’ve been decluttering things. Sadly I think I’ve decluttered some of my candle holders too!
For some reason I don’t have the cover for the readings that I’m going to follow this year, but I suspect they are based on the writings of Henri Nouwen. (I do have the back cover, and his name is there quite frequently) Actually I have more information. The booklet was published in 2007 and compiled and editted by James E. Adams.
I have been pondering lately about the movement of Grace in my life, so I would like to share this quote from today’s reading:
God’s grace is indeed like a gentle morning dew and a soft rain that gives new life to barren soil.
I am looking forward to enjoying this Christmas with my family and especially with my new and delightful granddaughter. All the little things change when there is a new person to enjoy them with!
Have a blessed Sunday and a delightful Advent!
- Advent 2012: Do it for Joy (gracesatisfies.wordpress.com)
- How Advent Can Be Much More Than “The Christmas Season” (glennpackiam.typepad.com)
- First Purple Candle (piejesu.org)
- It’s the Season of Advent (30smagazine.wordpress.com)