Preparing for Advent

by Christine Sine

It has been snowing in Seattle over the last few days. Not quite what we expect in this part of the world. What has fascinated me is to see how the world around us has slowed down in response to the weather. Schools and businesses were closed and the malls were not swamped by the crowds they normally expect. People stayed at home just relaxing and enjoying themselves.

As we move towards Advent and Christmas we are meant to slow down. This is a time to watch, to reflect and refocus as we wait and prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ our Saviour and Redeemer into the world. During this season we need to set aside time to reflect on our faith. We need to put down deep roots that will provide a solid foundation for our lives and anchor us against the storms and droughts that may lie ahead.

I love the tradition of the Advent wreath during this season. We set up ours on the dining room table and light the appropriate candles before breakfast. After we eat we read the scriptures from the Book of Common Prayer. It is a wonderful way to help us focus on the true meaning of the season. As a result, I find I have very little desire to get out amongst the consumer hype around me.

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