And We Wait --
Advent has arrived and I have to say I really look forward to the season. I try to get the majority of the shopping done prior to the first Sunday so that I can actually enjoy the waiting and the quiet.
When my children were little I didn't really subscribe to the Advent mindset -- I was caught up in the chaos that begins somewhere around Halloween. I have to admit, sadly, that I didn't really enjoy their Christmases. They were too hectic, too much materialism, too much comparison. I was insecure in my role as a mother and clearly lost focus easily. Even though I was religious and my children were raised in the church, I was too caught up in the Christmas of the world and I regret it.
However, things are different now. I have learned to embrace the quiet and the concept of waiting. I have slowed down -- not because of my advanced age (that is a joke, people) but because I have a new appreciation of time. I don't want to look back at my time and see chaos.
So, today as I blessed our wreath and shared the readings with my youngest granddaughter I took my time. We didn't rush through, we talked about what I was saying and what the season meant. We talked about Advent being a time of waiting for something wonderful to come, the birth of Baby Jesus. I could almost feel time slow down. It was such a wonderful feeling.