The universal joy of Christmas is certainly wonderful. We ring the bells when princes are born, or toll a mournful dirge when great men pass away. Nations have their red-letter days, their carnivals and festivals, but once in the year and only once, the whole world stands still to celebrate the advent of a life.
Today is the first Sunday in Advent and we light the first purple candle on our Advent wreath which represents HOPE. Many people use an Advent wreath to focus their attention. This wreath is a circle of greenery containing four purple candles with a white Christ candle in its center.
I could always use a little more hope in my life so I'm grateful for this Season of Advent.
This year we have four full weeks of Advent which for children might seem way too long. For those older and interested, a longer Advent allows us a bit more time to consider just how deeply each of us needs to be visited, embraced and rearranged. It is a four-week journey inward so as to live more towards the outward.
I had such a wonderful day yesterday with my family and am looking forward to another gathering in just 4 short weeks too. I had a big surprise yesterday as DS#4 and his family also came in. I haven't seen them in a long while and just couldn't believe how much their boys had grown.
The picture below shows all of us together yesterday afternoon.
I'll be off to church this morning and as always you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Have a wonderful Sunday and I hope your day is filled with lots of that good R&R!