It is December 1st, the start of the holiday season. There is a sense of urgency in the air - a rush to be ready. We prepare. We shop for gifts. We cook and bake but do we pause to understand the real meaning of the season? Do we honor this time of expectancy and preparation?
As I prepare for the celebration of Christmas, I must admit that I, too, have been caught up in the rush to prepare for a Hallmark Christmas. I am grateful that Chris Margocs, the host of our Spiritual Journey Thursday community this month chose a one word prompt, "waiting" with a side of "hope". This was the nudge I needed to slow down and ponder the meaning of the Christmas season.
To prepare for today's blog, I have read inspirational excerpts, quotes, and listened to songs. I have a strong desire to change my rushed pattern to get my new house ready for Christmas. Two quotes become my guide through the Advent season.
"Advent teaches us that waiting is a gift, for this season of waiting yields amongst many other things the gift of slowing down and perseverance." https://dailygraceblog.com/advent-the-gift-of-waiting
"The waiting of Advent teaches us to live in increments, in small pieces rather than large chunks. Waiting also teaches us to measure our progress slowly." - Holly Whitcomb