Saturday, December 10, 2011

Halfway through Advent

Where has the time gone? 
We are halfway through our season of waiting -
with tomorrow being the 3rd Sunday of Advent! 
(Or Gaudate Sunday as it used to be called which in Latin means "to rejoice." )
This is the time of God coming to us!  Of God being "with us." 
And we wait in such anticipation!
Which reminds me of a story that  I heard Megan McKenna tell once
about a wise little boy is my paraphrase: 
A little boy was at home playing with his toys, below an old grandfather clock
that had been in his family for generations.  It chimed every quarter hour and
would strike at every hour.  But just then the clock jammed and it struck 11 o'clock,
and then 12 o'clock, and then 13 o'clock, 14 o'clock and 15 o'clock.
The little boy, who had been practicing his counting, was amazed at what the clock
was doing. He jumped up, ran to his parents in the other room and said:
"Listen! It's later than it's ever been before!"
May we fill these last 2 weeks of Advent with joyful preparation
for the coming of Jesus!
photo is of my grandchildren, Lydia and David, making their Advent wreaths at
our recent Advent Festival at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Port Townsend, WA

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