I like advent calendars. They can feel silly and quirky with their little windows to open, and for kids they mostly act as a good countdown to Christmas, but they also help remind us that it is a liturgical season—Advent!
As we’ve begun advent, I’ve started writing down various phrases and quotes that catch my attention. In compiling them for myself, its a bit like the daily opening of a window on an advent calendar.
1) Walking by the mail area the other day, I notice a new picture with the quote “O Lord, deliver me from this lust of always vindicating myself.” -St Augustine
2) I hear the first chapter of John read aloud. I had memorized it in sixth grade but I feel like I’ve never heard these words before: “But to all who received me, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God”.
3) At church we sing a hymn with words by an author I don’t recognize. “He offers to the burdened the rest and grace they need. Gentle is he and humble! And light his yoke he shall be, For he would have us bear it so he can make us free!” – Frederico J. Pagura
Christmas comes anew each year, and Advent is a special time to prepare for growth in Christ. I hope I can quiet myself enough from all the business to make room for new growth.