Sunday, November 28, 2010

Waiting Well



"I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."
(Psalm 27:23-24)


Today is the first Sunday of Advent 2010. And once again I'm taking part in A Pause in Advent, hosted by Floss, a time for bloggers round the world to share thoughts, images, traditions, crafts of their own Advent preparations.

For me, Advent is a time to think a bit more deeply. Yes, I'm busy, very busy, with essays, exams, baking, decorating, crafting and more. Yet in the midst of the busyness I find my thoughts turning often to the anticipation of the celebration of Christ's birth, the fulfillment of Advent hope.

Waiting for Christmas to come is hard - especially for children. Even adults I know are eager for the celebration, maybe not because of Jesus' birth, but because then it's time to relax, then the shopping/baking/wrapping will be done, then, then, then. I find myself caught up, rushing through the season so quickly with my actions that my mind can't keep up. Instead, I want to wait well, focusing on the moments that make up the days and not just waiting for "then."







12 comments:

Vee said...

It's a wonderful season...your candles and embellishments are wonderful... Wishing you all the best as you finish up this sememster's work. You amaze me! How do you do it ALL?

Linda said...

Very well said! Have a blessed Advent season.

Carole said...

I couldn't agree more. I would like to stay focused on "the reason for the season" and give this time of anticipation a spiritual meaning.
Blessed advent to you all !

Pondside said...

Sometimes it's hard to let go of the focus on 'then' and try to be in the 'now'. That's what I'm doing - putting in the time until my morning flight and THEN I can get on the plane for home!

A Garden of Threads said...

The journey should be just as fun as the end result. We often forget that. Wonderful post to remind of this. Take care and have a great week.

Miss Debbie said...

In a conversation with a pastor a long time ago, I said about something.."I can't wait for this to be over." His reply was ..."Don't wish your life away." I've thought of that many times since. It is easy to miss out on what is happening today while looking ahead to something else. Thanks for the reminder!

Miss Debbie said...

Oh, and your hardwood floors are gorgeous!!

Kaye - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

Loved this post for a Pause in Advent! That's something God has been teaching me over the years - to focus on and cherish the small sweet "moments" in time that He gives us in the midst of the craziness of every day life. Have a blessed season!

Maggie B said...

Your embellished Advent candles are so lovely, what a nice idea to attach a prayer to each one.
I hope that we can all find time to pause and reflect now and again during this busy season,.
Maggie

TheMadHouse said...

I am learning to live in the hear and now and not always look for the next then, thank you for the timely reminder

Storybook Woods said...

Oh I love your advent candles!!! Clarice

Angela said...

Love the candles. And the then,then, then,.. reflection!

blessings x