November 28, 2010

with patience

I find myself wishing it was already done, so that I could sit back and enjoy the season, and yet... these are days of preparation. The days set aside to clear out the weary and the darkness... and invite the light in to wash our hearts with hope and with love. I worked towards it today, bringing in box after box and finding just the right spot for each piece... letting Christmas come alive. But the weary snuck back in, along with a bit of ache... daring me not to press on. On this first Sunday in Advent, I refused to give up without lighting that first candle.
A deep breath in, a flickering light, and prayer for a beautiful season. I'm not there yet... but there are weeks to fill wonder, and days to sing with joy. And there is no need to hurry when the invitation is to linger, so I practice patience. Mostly with myself. Tomorrow I might need a reminder, but in this moment, in the glow of the Prophecy candle, I choose to make my way through Advent the same way I live every other season... grasping each gift and making the most of its beauty.


Dawn said...

oh, I SO get this. I want to enjoy the season, and want everything done, so I can. It can be a wearisome time. However, I need to remember that all the tasks that come with the season are part of it, part of the joy. I'm glad to have the health to do them, and people to do them for.

Your candles are pretty...I love advent wreaths.

Busy Bee Suz said...

You will get through it. You will find the joy, you always do.

Richella Parham said...

Good for you! Thanks for the example of waiting and watching rather than rushing. It's so easy to want to get to the "Ta-da!" stage and miss the beauty of the days of waiting.

By the way, I love your Advent wreath!

tracie @ {tsj} photography said...

i FEEL you friend, i feel you!! i rest in the fact that the Lord knows my heart ... i find that every season, He gives me a blessing i didn't see coming. in the end, He gets me through it with a peaceful heart ...

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